The Landscape of Gender Affirming Healthcare in Erie
A free panel discussion grapples with challenges to LGBTQIA+ community
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
Traversing the landscape of gender affirming healthcare for those who require it can be a treacherous journey. The folks at UPMC Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, The Erie Community Foundation and their LGBT Funds, Mercyhurst University, and the Hamot Health Foundation have come together to present a panel discussion on this very topic with their upcoming speaking event, "The Landscape of LGBTQIA+ Affirming Healthcare in Erie."
In a statement provided by the Erie Community Foundation: "Historically, the LGBTQ+ community has faced barriers to accessing quality healthcare due to discrimination, stigma, and lack of knowledgeable and welcoming providers. Additionally, many LGBTQ+ people face challenges that increase health risks and can lead to negative health outcomes. Combined, this creates health disparities for LGBTQ+ individuals compared to their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts. This is a concern across communities, including here in Erie."
Getting to the heart of this subject and coming up with workable solutions that take judgment, shame, and rejection off the table will be key in saving LGBTQIA+ lives in Erie. The panel discussion will take place at the Blasco Memorial Library's Admiral Room on Wednesday, June 14th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
"It is important for healthcare and social service providers to understand the unique health needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, and for facilities to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and competent environment. Our panel will discuss the current healthcare landscape for LGBTQ+ individuals in our area, and what resources are available," the Erie Community Foundation statement continues. If you or a loved one are facing difficulties accessing quality care, please consider attending this free event to learn how healthcare providers in Erie County can best serve your needs.