Somos Saludables

Alianza Ciudadana en Pro de la Salud LGBTTA


Instamos a las comunidades LGBTT, a las entidades que trabajan con las comunidades LGBTT, y las que desean llegar a ellas a compartir noticias no tan solo sobre la salud sino cualquier tema relacionado a la justicia y a los derechos de las comunidades LGBTT. Exhortamos a organizaciones sin fines de lucro, universidades, grupos de estudiantes, agencias de gobierno y otros colectivos a compartir noticias que promuevan la salud de las comunidades LGBTT. Comparte tus noticias saludables por nuestra página en Facebook/SaludLgbtta. Gracias!

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RSVP Now for Cultural Competence Webinar Part 3

Posted by infosalud on June 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)




RSVP Now for Cultural Competence Webinar Part 3

Quality Healthcare for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People:

A Four-Part Webinar Series


Part 3: Clinical Skills for the Care of Transgender Individuals

July 11, 2013

3:00 – 4:30pm EST

Cost: Free


Click" target="_blank">here to RSVP (space is limited)


Building on the first two parts of GLMA’s cultural competence webinar series exploring the health concerns and healthcare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, Part 3 will focus on clinical skills for the care of transgender individuals, including behavioral health. The webinar will be framed using GLMA’s Top Ten Things Transgender Persons Should Discuss with their Health Providers, an evidence-based patient education resource. During this 90 minute webinar, the presenters will provide clinical best practices on salient health issues for the transgender population.


All are welcome to participate; however, if you did not participate in the first and second webinars in this series, you are highly encouraged to view them (click here to access the archives) prior to participating.



• Becky Allison, MD, Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Center of Arizona, Immediate Past President, GLMA

• Randi Ettner, PhD, President, the New Health Foundation Worldwide, Board Member, WPATH


Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

• Identify the top health issues transgender individuals should discuss with their provider and the provider should be able to care for with transgender patients/clients;

• Describe the general types of transgender hormonal and other medical management, modes of administration and follow-up monitoring;

• Define ways to improve a transgender individual’s ability to communicate effectively with healthcare providers; and

• Identify social and emotional issues that may adversely affect a transgender individual’s health and well-being.


To learn more about the series or view additional archived webinars from the series, please click here.


This webinar series is a project of GLMA in collaboration with the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.



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Data Collection on LGBTT Health is Outdone by Alcohol Sponsorship and Consumption During Boquer?n Pride Festivities

Posted by infosalud on June 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By Juan Carlos Vega, MLS, blogging for the Citizens’ Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico and the CDC-funded LGBT and Latina/o National Tobacco Control Disparities Networks


After a delicious lunch prepared at my friend’s parents house in the Ensenada Barrio of Guánica, and before returning to city life in San Juan, the afternoon breeze makes me reflect in our local pride celebrations and outreach efforts for healthy LGBTT communities. Annually, during the second weekend in June, thousands of LGBTT’s migrate to the southwestern tip of the island to make the town of Boquerón the gayest place in Puerto Rico. However, year after year, Boquerón’s streets become a collage of rainbow flags along with banners advertising alcohol products. Unfortunately, the alcohol industry inundates our communities and the beautiful town of Boquerón becomes a drinking and smoking fest. During this Sunday’s pride festivities, I saw at least four young women being carried out by their friends from alcohol intoxication; almost passed out and trying to make room among a jammed-packed house. It happens every year!


Festival organizers, volunteers from community based organizations, performers, and supporters work really hard to make Pride a place where LGBTT’s and allies come to celebrate diversity. This year’s local legislative victories that brought our communities closer to equality were a historical occasion. Yet, limited community resources allowed the alcohol industry to take advantage of our communities by filling their pockets with our consumption dollars. In exchange for a few thousand dollars that sponsor a stage, a promo, or a party, we allow them to alcoholize our communities. It would be interesting to find out how much money the alcohol industry makes for every sponsorship dollar in Boquerón.


If you want to read more about how sponsorships affect our community health, and recommendations on how to create healthy environments, I encourage you to review the following research articles:


Offen, Naphtali, et. al. (2008). Tobacco industry targeting of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community: A white paper. Univ of California at San Francisco: Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

Drabble, L. (1998). Ethical funding for LGBT & HIV/AIDS community-based organizations: practical guidelines when considering tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical funding. Oakland, CA: CLASH.

We have to start thinking of ways to celebrate our communities in healthier environments. We should explore ways to bring a variety of cultural events, health fairs, art exhibits, beach volleyball tournaments, and any other activity that will give us the opportunity to celebrate our pride without being intoxicated or exposed to second-hand smoke from cigarettes.


However, in this conflicting environment of celebration and not-so-healthy consumption, Citizens Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health volunteers distributed educational materials and collected completed health surveys. Sweaty volunteers happily helped people fill out the survey, distributed “stop smoking condoms” from the Department of Health of Puerto Rico Tobacco Control Program to smokers, UPR’s Medical Science Campus AIDS Clinical Trial Group Project (ACTU) condoms to gay men, and Alliance brochures and membership forms to those interested in helping to bring equality pro LGBTT health in Puerto Rico. We will be posting preliminary survey results in Look for us in" target="_blank">Facebook!



Volunteers filled bags with tons of educational materials to help people quit smoking, on oral and breast cancer prevention, labor and family rights, support phone lines for LGBTT youth, condoms, and other information promoting health and social equality.


It was hot and sunny, but folks were curious about the purple “Making the Case for Equality bags” from Lambda Legal and were happy to donate three minutes to complete our health survey.


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Posted on June 11, 2013 by The Network for LGBT Health Equity





by Liz Margolies, LCSW


Director, National LGBT Cancer Network





JUNE 11, 2013


CONTACT: Cathy Renna, 917-757-6123,



LGBT Cancer Survivors’ Voices Spotlight







New York, NY….June 11, 2013….The National LGBT Cancer Network released a new report today that uses the direct experiences of cancer survivors to paint a stark picture of the effect of discrimination on LGBT health. The free, downloadable booklet, “LGBT Patient Centered Outcomes,” uses the findings to suggest practical recommendations for improving health care for LGBT people.


“When we asked cancer survivors to tell us what they wanted health care providers to know, we were saddened, angered and moved by many of their stories; cancer is enough of a burden, no one should have to endure the discrimination, alienation, and, in some cases, less than adequate care because of who they are,” said Liz Margolies, Executive Director of the National LGBT Cancer Network. “For many of the survey respondents, cancer treatment is both the same, and scarier.”


Quotes from study participants highlight her point:


“I was never out during the whole process to anyone. I had no one in the hospital or doctor visit me for fear of my gayness being discovered and then the doctors ‘accidentally’ not removing all the cancer lesions.”


“… It is important to know where it is safe to bring a partner, because my family hates me and even my mother told me right before the surgery that she hoped I would die in surgery and that she wished I had never been born.”


“As an alone, aging senior, I am also dealing with fear of rejection by being “out” even though I was very “out” when younger and in a partnership.”




“Although my doctor knew all about me, each encounter with new people—with blood draws, ultrasound, breast x-ray, etc.—had the basic anxiety of the procedure and layered on to that, the possibility of homophobia and having to watch out for myself.


“Being a Lesbian facing having your breasts cut off, it would be good if they did not assume you were concerned about how “men” would see you in the future!”


“I believe my perceived orientation allowed my caregivers to give superficial care, and my own latent shame allowed me to accept a quick and incorrect diagnosis of health.”


Dr. Scout, a co-author and the Director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at The Fenway Institute noted the direct relevance to the new patient centered care movement. “Data continue to show satisfied patients, that is patients who feel safe and understood during health care, stay healthier. This is why patient-centered care is best. But for LGBT patients, their care often falls short of being patient-centered and sometimes it’s blatantly patient-intolerant,” continued Scout.


“This new report is not about theories, it is based on the lived experiences of people who can teach us about how to make things right for LGBT patients. These stories show us exactly what is needed to improve the climate for LGBT people in all areas of health care, not just cancer care,” said Margolies. The report highlights recommended suggestions for each section, including some that are newer to the field. “We clearly saw the need to actively monitor LGBT patient satisfaction. This is a new idea, and we’ll be including suggestions on how to do this in all of our cultural competency trainings now,” said Margolies. The report also highlights innovative recommendations about family support and the need to nurture LGBT employees. The biggest recommendations are the pillars of most current LGBT cultural competency trainings: to actively convey welcoming through outreach, policies, environment, and provider trainings. An estimated 50% of the hospitals in the country have now passed LGBT inclusive nondiscrimination, often quietly and without fanfare. “Passing a policy without promoting it doesn’t create change,” said Dr. Scout. “And LGBT people need change in health systems now.”




“These people spoke up about sometimes heart wrenching experiences because they wanted healthcare workers to know how to make care better for others. I hope everyone in healthcare will listen,” concluded Margolies.


The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by: educating the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection; training health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and advocating for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research. For more information, visit


The Network for LGBT Health Equity is a community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use and other health disparities by linking people and information. The Network is a project of The Fenway Institute in Boston. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues. For more information visit and



Download the full report HERE


Check out the National LGBT Cancer Network website

Outreach Efforts Pro LGBTT Health During 2013 Puerto Rico Pride Festivities

Posted by infosalud on June 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In San Juan, Puerto Rico

By Juan Carlos Vega, blogging for the Citizens’ Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico and the CDC-funded LGBT and Latino National Tobacco Control Networks

For months, Citizens’ Alliance Pro LGBTT Health member, Ericka Florenciani, has been pushing her colleagues at the Medical Science Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) to integrate their research interests pro LGBTT health along with community ones. Last Thursday, Medical Science Campus Professor, Keyla Garcia joined community efforts and asked our support for her research. During the meeting, Alliance members filled out a two-page survey, provided feedback, and made the commitment to distribute the survey during LGBTT Pride events in Puerto Rico this month of June.



Community groups marched down Condado with signs stating that “discrimination is preventable and equity is inevitable” during San Juan Pride Parade festivities.

ImageLast Sunday, we were in San Juan. At 11:45AM, volunteer members met at Parque del Indio a few blocks from the beach to prepare for the outreach. We got pens, blank surveys, Lambda Legal bags to carry Puerto Rico Department of Health Tobacco Control Program condoms, and some instructions. For about two hours we marched with other community groups down Ashford Avenue in Condado distributing condoms to stop smoking, getting people to fill out our health survey, and talking to folks about the importance of healthy LGBTT communities. We got many reactions from people, many learning experiences for all! We finally made it to Escambrón Park for the Pride Festival where we continued to distribute the surveys and “stop smoking condoms” until after 4:00PM. We will be posting preliminary survey results in our website at as soon as they are available.



The beautiful Escambrón beach in San Juan served as the background for the LGBTT Pride Festival last Sunday in Puerto Rico.

See you in Boquerón Pride, in the southwestern tip of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, for the next round of surveys and outreach pro healthy LGBTT communities. If you want to volunteer your time while there, contact us via or find the Alliance in Facebook. It is tons of fun, you meet great people, and learn a lot about LGBTT health. Equality for all! Thanks to the awesome volunteers!


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Volunteers Ericka Florencianni, Keyla García, Sammy Arus, Ricky Ramírez, Hugo Acosta, and Fernando Sosa arrive to Escambrón Park during San Juan 2013 Pride Festival.


Volunteers Fernando Sosa, Luis Bonett, Juan Carlos Vega, Hugo Acosta, Ericka Florencianni, and Keyla García at Escambrón Park during San Juan 2013 Pride Festival.

Oportunidades para estudiantes

Posted by infosalud on May 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Apply for the Student Board Member Position on GLMA’s Board of Directors

Applications Due: May 31, 2013

 The GLMA Student Board Member is the student voice and advocate of GLMA. The Student Board Member is responsible for co-chairing the Student/Trainee Committee, which is tasked with addressing issues important to student and trainee members including student content at the annual conference, mentorship activities and local LGBT health experiences and advocacy work. To meet these and other goals, the Student Board Member works closely with GLMA staff, fellow board members and other organizations.

 Click here to download the application. To learn more about the GLMA Student Board Member position, contact Carl G. Streed Jr., current GLMA Student Board Member.

Apply for to GLMA Student/Trainee Annual Conference Scholarship Program

Applications Due: June 19, 2013

GLMA is committed to ensuring students and trainees—from across the health professions—are able to attend the Annual Conference this September in Denver, CO. Therefore, we are able to provide a limited number of scholarships to help offset the cost of attending the Annual Conference. Scholarships are available because of the generosity of GLMA members and conference attendees. (Interested in donating to the scholarship fund? Donations can be made during the conference registration process.) To learn more about how to apply for the scholarship program, please click here.

 **Financial assistance for those who are not students is also available. Please click here for more information and" target="_blank">here to apply online.**

University of Puerto Rico undergraduate students discuss LGBTT health issues / Estudiantes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico discuten asuntos de salud en las comunidades LGBTT

Posted by infosalud on May 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Posted on May 13, 2013 by ActivistLibrarianPR


By Juan Carlos Vega, blogging for the Citizens’ Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico and the CDC-funded LGBT and Latino National Tobacco Control Networks

Estudiantes de bachillerato del curso de BIOL 4990Introducción a la Investigación planificaron, presentaron e invitaron a sus compañeros y amistades a participar de su proyecto final de curso titulado Foro Juvenil de Salud Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual, Transgénero y Transexual (LGBTT). Con una asistencia de sobre 125 personas, en su mayoría estudiantes, el Auditorio de la Escuela de Ciencia Naturales de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) en Río Piedras se convirtió en un espacio seguro y saludable para discutir las realidades, necesidades y vicisitudes que viven las comunidades LGBTT para recibir servicios de salud. Luego de escuchar a cinco estudiantes del curso presentar estadísticas sobre la salud de las ­­comunidades LGBTT, discutir la importancia de las prácticas basadas en evidencia científica, mostrar la falta de servicios de salud que reciben las comunidades trans y hablar de los determinantes sociales y ambientales que afectan el acceso a servicios, el auditorio se convirtió en un foro donde jóvenes universitarios, gay y straight, preguntaban e indagaban sobre las realidades, alternativas y prioridades para resolver esta inequidad en salud.  Miembros de la Alianza Ciudadana en Pro de la Salud Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual, Transgénero, Transsexual y Aliados (ACPS-LGBTTA), representando las diversidades en el acrónimo LGBTTA, se sentaron en panel para contestar interrogantes de la audiencia sobre la importancia del apoyo legal para promover justicia, la necesidad de servicios y grupos de apoyo específicos para comunidades LGBTT, la inclusión de las perspectivas de identidad de genero y orientación sexual en políticas públicas, al igual que el significado de intersexualidad. Fascinantes las preguntas. Y hasta Ricky Martin cogió su mención! Leer más





Posted by infosalud on May 8, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Posted on May 2, 2013 by The Network for LGBT Health Equity

Sarah Peitzmeier, MSPH

Clinical data specialist 

Fenway Institute


Lesbians and bisexual women are as likely as heterosexual women to develop cervical cancer, but are up to 10 times less likely to be regularly screened for it, putting them at greater risk of the potentially deadly disease, according to a policy brief released by The Fenway Institute. This disparity is due to a misconception that sexual minority women are not at risk for cervical cancer as well as their broader marginalization in the health care system.

Yearly, over 12,000 American women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 4,000 die from the disease. The majority of cervical cancers in the US occur among women who have never been screened or who were not screened within the past five or more years. This is bad news for lesbians and bisexual women, who are less likely to undergo routine screening for cervical cancer. The vast majority of cervical cancers are caused by a human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, and many sexual minority women – and their healthcare providers – are under the misperception that HPV cannot be passed between women during sex. In fact, because HPV passes through skin-to-skin genital, as well as potentially through oral-vaginal and digital-vaginal contact, even women who exclusively have sex with women are at risk for contracting the virus, and by extension, cervical cancer. Multiple studies have shown that lesbians and bisexual women are just as likely as heterosexual women to have HPV and cervical abnormalities that could potentially lead to cancer if unchecked.

Current guidelines recommend that screening start for all women at age 21, regardless of HPV vaccination or age of sexual debut, and continue every three years until age 29; the screening interval may be lengthened to every five years for women ages 30-65 if HPV co-testing is done in addition to the Pap test.  Women with a history of a prior abnormal Pap test or who are immune compromised (e.g. by HIV) should be screened yearly.

The brief concludes with a set of policy recommendations, including:

  • Promote routine cervical cancer screening for lesbians and bisexual women through patient in-reach and community outreach with sexual minority-specific messaging, wording, and peer education;
  • Increase training for clinicians in the reproductive health needs of sexual minority populations, including the need for regular cervical cancer screening among women who have sex with women;
  • Promote HPV vaccination as a primary prevention strategy among lesbians and bisexual women;
  • Include transgender men (individuals born with female reproductive organs but who identify as male, many of whom still retain a cervix if a total hysterectomy is not performed) in cervical cancer screening programs;
  • Collect sexual orientation and gender identity data in cancer registries, patient medical records, and health surveys to better understand the burden of cervical cancer and cancer screening practices among this population.

“Lesbian and bisexual women experience a number of health disparities,” said Stephen Boswell, MD, President and CEO of Fenway Health. “The Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health care access and efforts by the federal government to increase clinical competency in LGBT health care offer opportunities to reduce the disparity we see in cervical cancer screening.”

A PDF of the cervical cancer screening policy brief is available online at



Senado Academico de la UPR-Recinto de Ciencias Medicas endosa proyectos de equidad para poblaciones LGBTT

Posted by infosalud on May 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Para su referencia resolución del Senado Académico del Recinto de Ciencias Médicas de la Universidad de Puerto Rico donde se endosan los Proyectos del Senado 238, 247 y el proyecto de la Cámara 488 que la Legislatura de Puerto Rico tiene antes su consideración, que reconocen a la población lésbica, gay, bisexual, transgénero y transexual (LGBTT) iguales derechos y protección de los que goza el resto de la ciudadanía en Puerto Rico.

Conferencia: Familias Homoparentales

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Annual Feedback Survey & seeking applicants for Steering Committee!

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Happy beginning of Spring! It is just starting to warm up in Boston, and we are ecstatic! 

This week we have two big announcements: 

First, it is time for our annual feedback survey! Please take a few minutes (shouldn't take more than 5 minutes) to tell us about your experience with the Network over the past year, and to tempt you, we will offer Network swag as raffle prizes! You can see the prizes, and access the survey HERE

Secondly, the Network Steering Committee is now accepting applications! The purpose of the committee is to provide multidisciplinary input and guidance on activities for the Network. To read more about the Steering Committee duties and responsibilities, and to apply, click HERE

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