LGBTQ+ and Allies Engagement Group


LGBTQ+ and Allies Group


Advocating for an environment of inclusion, equity, and involvement of the LGBTQ+ community in ACS CAN’s initiatives and campaigns. Together, we are working toward ensuring everyone has a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer.  

About the Engagement Group

The LGBTQ+ & Allies Engagement Group provides learning, strategy, and idea exchange for people that are working to increase awareness and advance policy concerning the unique challenges and cancer disparities LGBTQ+ communities face.  

The Engagement Group also advises ACS CAN on initiatives that impact LGBTQ+ communities through supporting outreach and engagement strategies, increasing awareness, and providing information and resources for specific communities, volunteers, and partners.  

Note: The plus sign represents diverse sexualities, gender identities, and gender expressions which may not be explicitly included in the LGBTQ acronym. 

Meet the Engagement Group

The Engagement Group in Action

PrideThis year ACS CAN participated in more than 50 Pride events. The LGBTQ+ & Allies Engagement Group provided guidance and council for ACS CAN’s engagement in events throughout the country to support a community that carriers a disproportionate burden of cancer. We know events and opportunities to connect with LGBTQ+ communities happen all throughout the year. Check out the ACS CAN Pride materials. 

ACS CAN Pride materials  

Watch the ACS CAN Afterparty

Ally-Specific Resources

Pride eventAn ally is someone who stands up for, supports, and encourages the people around them. Learn more about specific ways you can be an ally for the LGBTQ+ community.  

Take Action

Three volunteers

Increase funding for lifesaving cancer screening programs

Even though U.S. breast and cervical cancer death rates have been declining for several decades, not all people have benefited equally from advances in prevention, early detection, and treatments. LGBTQ+ people are more likely to be uninsured, lack access to health care, and delay health care including critical screenings. 

The NBCCEDP (National Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program) provides timely access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 6 U.S. territories, and 13 tribes. 


The health-related disparities, increased cancer risk, and opportunities for risk reduction for LGBTQ patients and community.

The barriers to receiving health care experienced by gay men, the cancers that men are at most risk for, and how to find these cancers early.   

The barriers to receiving health care experienced by lesbian and bisexual women, the cancers that women are at most risk for, and how to find these cancers early.

Decades of Big Tobacco targeting has disproportionally impacted the LGBTQ+ community resulting in higher smoking rates including menthol cigarette use.

Contact the Engagement Group

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