Pride With Heart
Pride Month Message from AHA CEO, Nancy Brown
Who we are
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives for all Americans. We’re dedicated to ensuring equitable health and reducing LGBTQ health disparities. We fund innovative research, advocate for public health and share lifesaving resources important to LGBTQ communities.
Research suggests that members of LGBTQ communities face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination and denial of civil and human rights. Discrimination faced by LGBTQ people has been associated with high rates of tobacco use and vaping, substance abuse and suicide, among other issues.
Many types of mental health issues can affect heart disease risk, so it’s important to raise awareness and gain a thorough understanding of the health challenges faced by this vulnerable community.
Did you know?
There are very few research studies focused on gender identity and sexual minorities. And most research does not track current gender identity, gender assigned at birth, or current sexual orientation.
This prevents researchers from accurately studying health and disease in LGBTQ people.
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Go Foward with Pride!Get your pin and show your pride all month (and year) long! We are proud of the work we do to build lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke for ALL Americans. Wear our Go Forward with Pride Lapel Pin to raise awareness about LGBTQ diversity and inclusion when it comes to matters of the heart.
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American Heart Association LGBTQ Outreach in Virginia
Example of LGBTQ heart and brain health outreach display at Virginia Pride event
Camille Richards at Virginia Pride
American Heart Association volunteer nurse Camille Richards, gives free blood pressure checks and guidance to attendees at Virginia Pride Festival.
Camille Richard and Teri Arnold at Virginia Pride Festival
Teri Arnold, heart attack survivor and her partner, American Heart Association volunteer nurse Camille Richards volunteer at the Virginia Pride Festival
Richard Van Egtern and Daniel Ruacho at the Long Beach Pride Festival
Richard Van Egtern and Daniel Ruacho attended the Long Beach Pride Festival advocating for Pride festivals to be smoke-free and provided smoking cessation information to attendees.