LGBTQIA+ and Allies Engagement Group

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LGBTQ+ and Allies Group

Mission

Advocating for an environment of inclusion, equity, and involvement of the LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ & 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 LGBTQIA+ communities face and provide access to safe, quality, comprehensive, and inclusive care without the fear of discrimination.

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

Meet the Engagement Group

 

Latest Updates

Beyond the Rainbow: Addressing Cancer Disparities in LGBTQIA+ Communities

  • Thank you for joining “Beyond the Rainbow: Addressing Cancer Disparities in LGBTQIA+ Communities” moderated by LGBTQIA+ & Allies Engagement Group Member, Bob Gordon, speakers Austin Morreale, Dr. Don Dizon and Gladys Arias, MPA and video remarks from Congressman Mike Pocan, Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus.
  • Missed the event? Watch the recording here

 

Supporting LGBTQ+ Health Equity Through Public Policy

  • As part of our commitment to advancing health equity, ACS CAN launched new policy recommendations to support equitable cancer care and eliminate cancer disparities in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) communities.
  • Check out the new policy recommendations here

The Engagement Group in Action

ACS CAN PrideThis year ACS CAN participated in more than 50 Pride events. The LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ communities happen all throughout the year. Check out the ACS CAN Pride materials. 

ACS CAN Pride materials  

Watch Planning for 2023 Pride webinar

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 LGBTQIA+ community.  

Resources


ACS CAN advocates for policies that address LGBTQ+ disparities in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship.

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.

Latest Updates

January 8, 2024
National

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 8, 2024 — Public health groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to preserve protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) patients receiving health care services when it hears oral arguments today in the case of Neese v. Becerra .

January 8, 2024
National

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 8, 2024 — Public health groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to preserve protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) patients receiving health care services when it hears oral arguments today in the case of Neese v. Becerra .

June 26, 2023
National

According to a new survey, half of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) cancer patients and survivors report they are concerned they may face discrimination in a health care setting. More than one-third have experienced discrimination in a health care setting due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, and 75% of those who say they experienced discrimination feel it impacted their health care.

April 3, 2023
National

More than a dozen patient groups representing millions of Americans with serious and chronic health conditions are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to preserve protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) patients receiving health care services in the case of Neese vs. Becerra .

Contact the Engagement Group

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