June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the diversity and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community. While Pride Month is often associated with parades and celebrations, it’s also an important opportunity to raise awareness about the accomplishments made and the challenges that many LGBTQ+ individuals face, specifically in the field of health.

  1. Let’s celebrate the remarkable contributions of Evelyn Hooker, a trailblazing psychologist whose groundbreaking research challenged the prevailing belief that homosexuality was a mental illness. Through her meticulously designed study, Hooker proved that there were no inherent psychological differences between gay and straight individuals. Her work shattered stereotypes, paving the way for a more accurate understanding of LGBTQ+ mental health.
  2. LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to experience mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. In fact, studies have shown that LGBTQ+ youth are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Check out this helpful guide that promotes the behavioral health of LGBT older adults: https://www.lgbtqiahealtheducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/TFIE-34_LGBT-Ol der-Adults-Brief_final_web.pdf
  3. On March 24th, 2023, Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld made history as the American Medical Association’s first openly gay president. As a renowned anesthesiologist and healthcare leader, Dr. Ehrenfeld’s appointment signals a commitment to greater inclusivity and diversity within the organization. His leadership is particularly meaningful during Pride Month, as he continues to advocate for the needs and rights of all patients, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  4. Studies have shown that LGBTQ+ individuals are less likely to receive routine medical care, which can lead to a delay in diagnoses and treatment of health issues. This is particularly true for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, who often face discrimination and bias in healthcare settings.

As we celebrate Pride Month, it’s important to remember the work that still needs to be done to address the health disparities and challenges faced by many members of the LGBTQ+ community. By promoting greater inclusivity and understanding, we can create a society that values and celebrates diversity in all its forms. Let’s work together to make healthcare and society more equitable for all. Happy Pride Month!