THIS EVENT HAS ENDED. THANKS TO ALL WHO JOINED US AND STAYED TUNED FOR OTHER EXCITING UPCOMING PRIDE AGENDA EVENTS!
 

March is LGBT Health Month! This year’s theme, “Access to Care,” speaks to the need for increased access to health services for LGBT New Yorkers as well as the new options available under the Affordable Care Act. Awareness around the need for increased resources for the health and well-being of LGBT New Yorkers is more important than ever. More work is needed to get providers to deliver culturally competent care and for insurers to stop discriminating against transgender and gender non-confirming New Yorkers.

Social Media Campaign

Throughout March we'll be sharing images, stories, and facts about LGBT health via our social media channels and here at prideagenda.org/LGBTHealthMonth. Help support our campaign with the hash tag #lgbthealthmonth and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Resolution Establishing LGBT Health Month

On Wednesday, February 26, both houses of the New York State Legislature adopted joint resolutions "Commemorating March 2014, as the Fifth Annual New York State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Month" (K859/Gottfried)(Uni. J 3650/Breslin). At a press conference on Tuesday, March 4 at the State Capitol, Senator Neil D. Breslin and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried presented the resolution to Empire State Pride Agenda leadership, along with members from Network organizations.

Health Month Signatories

We're proud to partner with the following growing list of signatories:

 

More Info About LGBT Health

 

LGBT Health Month Events

Please join us and our partners at one of these events across the state. The list is growing so check back later, or contact Mel King at mking@prideagenda.org to submit your own.

Month-Long Events

All month long, the National LGBT Cancer Network will be blogging regularly (3 new posts per week) about issues related to LGBT health on Huffington Post’s Gay Voices’ new LGBT Wellness page.

Sunday, March 2

New York City
9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The Metropolitan Community Church of New York (MCCNY) will be marking Aplastic Anemia Awareness with an information session about how to become a blood or bone marrow donor, and by raising funds to spread the word about aplastic anemia.

Monday, March 3

Albany
4-7 p.m.
Free & Confidential HIV Testing.
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Manhattan
6:30 p.m.
Max, the Therapy Dog
6:30 p.m.
MS Support Group: Drop-in for all ages, facilitated by Sage MS Society
The SAGE Center

Tuesday, March 4

Manhattan
2 p.m.
S.H.E. (Strong. Healthy. Energized): An informational session of our 12-week fitness program for lesbian and bisexual women to be launched in April
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Movement Workshop with Billy
4-4:45 p.m.
Meditation with Dojun
6:15-7 p.m.
Gentle Yoga
The SAGE Center

6-8 p.m.
B.R.E.A.T.H.E: Body Reclaiming and Empowerment; A Transformative and Healing Environment
A 10-week support group where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) survivors of sexual violence create a safe space filled with education and understanding, and share ways to support themselves, and each other.

B.R.E.A.T.H.E meets every Tuesday. Participants must attend an intake session by March 26th to be admitted into the group! To learn more or to schedule an intake session: Call Yesenia Gorbea at (212) 714-1184 x47 or Rosalind Lloyd at (212) 714-1184 x24. Snacks and transportation will be available.
Anti-Violence Project

Syracuse
2 p.m.
Healthy Eating Series
Registered dietitian Maria Mahar is returning for a check-in with participants from the Healthy Eating Series.
5:30 p.m.
FallProof: Improve your strength and balance with this fun exercise class with Anne Reilly
SAGE Upstate

Wednesday, March 5

Manhattan
3:30-4:30 p.m. 
Tai Chi with Doc Woodbine
The SAGE Center

Thursday, March 6

Albany
6 p.m.
Chiropractic Information & Core Training  .
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Manhattan
3:30-4 p.m.
Blood Pressure Clinic: Get your blood pressure checked with Nurse Mary 
The SAGE Center

Rochester
9 p.m. 
“Stoplight Party” with Chastity Dee
140 Alexander St, Rochester, NY 14607
With Free HIV Testing by Trillium Health.

Friday, March 7

Rochester
Ambush Rochester - Women’s Night Out
Trillium Health

Saturday, March 8

Manhattan
3-4:30 p.m.
Dealing with Stress – Psychotherapist-led open support group
The SAGE Center

8 p.m.
Rochester
Opening Night of The Normal Heart
Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Trillium Health

Sunday, March 9

Albany
4 p.m.
Creative Sexuality: The Art of LGBTQ Sex
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Johnson City
1-3 p.m.
LGBTQ Families Pool Party
YMCA West Family Branch
740 Main Street
Johnson City, NY
Join other LGBTQ families for swimming and a pizza party afterwards! Who says you can’t make waves in winter? Get the kids together and join us at the Johnson City YMCA for a pool party! We will be there to hang out, get some exercise and – of course – spend time together with the families in our Pride and Joy network. There will also be pizza and drinks, available in the YMCA’s party room. We hope you’ll join us! Please RSVP to Mayumi at (607) 777-3717 or epark16@binghamton.edu.
The Lesbian & Gay Family Building Project

Rochester
2 p.m.
The Normal Heart
Talk Back: Connecting LGBT & Jewish Experience
Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Jewish Community Center, Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley and  Trillium Health

Staten Island
2:30 p.m.
Nia: Energizing Non-Impact Workout
Staten Island LGBT Community Center

Monday, March 10

Manhattan
6:30 p.m
Max, the Therapy Dog
6:30 p.m.
MS Support Group: Drop-in for all ages, facilitated by Sage MS Society
The SAGE Center

Long Island
19th Annual Long Island GLBT Conference at Stony Brook University

Tuesday, March 11

Manhattan
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Movement Workshop with Billy
4-4:45 p.m.
Meditation with Dojun
6:15-7 p.m.
Gentle Yoga
The SAGE Center

Manhattan
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Working with LGBTQ Homeless Youth
Harm Reduction Coalition
22 West 27th Street (5th Floor), New York NY 10001
It is estimated that 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ -- a disproportionate number. Many are forced out of their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Often these young people are forced to turn to sex work to survive and use drugs to cope with their situations. When working with this population, it is important to have a baseline understanding of issues the population is facing and how to integrate LGBTQ youth into the general population. FREE.

6-8 p.m.
B.R.E.A.T.H.E: Body Reclaiming and Empowerment; A Transformative and Healing Environment
A 10-week support group where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) survivors of sexual violence create a safe space filled with education and understanding, and share ways to support themselves, and each other.

B.R.E.A.T.H.E meets every Tuesday. Participants must attend an intake session by March 26th to be admitted into the group! To learn more or to schedule an intake session: Call Yesenia Gorbea at (212) 714-1184 x47 or Rosalind Lloyd at (212) 714-1184 x24. Snacks and transportation will be available.
Anti-Violence Project

Rochester
6 p.m.
Rochester GSA Coalition Video Presentation of How to Survive a Plague
Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Trillium Health

Syracuse
5:30 p.m.
FallProof: Improve your strength and balance with this fun exercise class with Anne Reilly.
SAGE Upstate

Wednesday, March 12

Manhattan
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
The Benefits of Social Support Groups for the Transgender Community
Harm Reduction Coalition
22 West 27th Street (5th Floor)
New York NY 10001
This training will focus on the mental health and wellness that can be obtained through the effective use of support groups. Support groups have conventionally been utilized to engage communities but can also identify issues like isolation, depression or lack of social skills, while obtaining buy-in from targeted communities. The transgender community deals with stigma, violence, unemployment and issues surrounding body image, many choosing to not leave their home or interact with others outside of their comfort zone, all potential barriers to accessing services. This training course will show service providers how to build a solid support group, retain and recruit members for other programs within an agency, while empowering clients to advocate for themselves. FREE
Trainers: Sean Coleman, Human Rights Campaign consultant

Manhattan
3-4:30 p.m.
Health as a Memoir: Workshop from Say Ah! that works with you to construct your  personal health history and thereby better help you maintain your health.
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tai Chi with Doc Woodbine
4:30 p.m.
Medicare Minute: Part D Appeals
The SAGE Center

Thursday, March 13

Manhattan
3:30-4 p.m.
Blood Pressure Clinic: Get your blood pressure checked with Nurse Mary
The SAGE Center

Rochester
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Out & Equal NY Finger Lakes invites you to their Second Thursday Networking Event. $5 cover charge includes hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. RSVP.
Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618

7 p.m.
The Normal Heart
Talk Back: “HIV in 2014”
Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Jewish Community Center, The MOCHA Center, Rochester Victory Alliance and Trillium Health

Friday, March 14

Albany
4-7 p.m.
Free & Confidential HIV Testing
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Saturday, March 15

Albany
11 a.m.
Yoga Ease
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Manhattan
3-4:30 p.m.
Dealing with Stress – Psychotherapist-led open support group
The SAGE Center

Rochester
8 p.m.
The Normal Heart
Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Trillium Health

Sunday, March 16

Rochester
2 p.m.
The Normal Heart
Talk Back: “The Next Act-Up: Activism & Rights in 2014” 
Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Jewish Community Center, Empire State Pride Agenda, New York Civil Liberties Union and Trillium Health

Monday, March 17

Albany
4-7 p.m.
Free & Confidential HIV Testing
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Manhattan
6:30 p.m.
MS Support Group: Drop-in for all ages, facilitated by Sage MS Society
The SAGE Center

Staten Island
6-8 p.m. Free & Confidential HIV Testing
Staten Island LGBT Community Center

Tuesday, March 18

Manhattan
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Movement Workshop with Billy
4-4:45 p.m.
Meditation with Dojun at The SAGE Center Manhattan
4-4:45 p.m.
Ask the Pharmacist: Marina, pharmacist from Walgreen’s, talks about foot care
6:15-7 p.m.
Gentle Yoga
The SAGE Center

6-8 p.m.
B.R.E.A.T.H.E: Body Reclaiming and Empowerment; A Transformative and Healing Environment
A 10-week support group where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) survivors of sexual violence create a safe space filled with education and understanding, and share ways to support themselves, and each other.

B.R.E.A.T.H.E meets every Tuesday. Participants must attend an intake session by March 26th to be admitted into the group! To learn more or to schedule an intake session: Call Yesenia Gorbea at (212) 714-1184 x47 or Rosalind Lloyd at (212) 714-1184 x24. Snacks and transportation will be available.
Anti-Violence Project

Rochester
6-9 p.m.
"An Evening in Burgundy" Charity walk-around wine tasting at Veritas Wine Bar, Tickets $50
Trillium Health

Syracuse
5:30 p.m.
FallProof: Improve your strength and balance with this fun exercise class with Anne Reilly
SAGE Upstate

Wednesday, March 19

Manhattan
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tai Chi with Doc Woodbine
The SAGE Center

Manhattan
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Artificial Insemination Information Session
The Center
208 W. 13th Street
New York, NY
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and The Center invite you to join us to discuss alternative insemination options as well as the psychosocial and medical issues associated with insemination. Topics will include ovulation cycles, charting, and the different methods of insemination. This session is not meant to answer specific health concerns but rather give an overview of the different options available to women and transmen surrounding insemination.
Space is limited so register early! To register, call (646) 556-9297 or email mfisk@gaycenter.org.

Thursday, March 20

Albany
6:30 p.m.
Vintage Pride Presents Laughing Yoga with Special Presentations about Colon Cancer Screening & Health Insurance Enrollment  (For LGBT Individuals 55+)
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Rochester
5:30 p.m.
Neighborhood of the Arts Networking for LGBT Health
The Bachelor Forum
670 University Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607
Trillium Health

Rochester
7 p.m.
The Normal Heart
Talk Back: “Connecting LGBT Communities”
Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Trillium Health

Friday, March 21

Albany
7 p.m.
Stay Strong! Live Long! For LGBT Youth 13-18
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Saturday, March 22

Manhattan
3:30-4 p.m.
Blood Pressure Clinic: Get your blood pressure checked with Nurse Mary
The SAGE Center

Rochester
8 p.m.
The Normal Heart
Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Trillium Health

Sunday, March 23

Cortland
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
LGBT Aging: Addressing Disparities and Health Care Needs Webinar
Cortland LGBT Resource Center
73 Main Street, Cortland, NY 13045
Room 202
RSVP to elewis@fcscortland.org or call (607) 756-8970 ext 252.

Rochester
2 p.m.
The Normal Heart
Talk Back: Trillium Health, GSA Coalition and Human Rights Campaign

Albany
6:30 p.m.
GETCHA LYFE [BACK]: Hip-Hop & Voguing Class
E.B.A. Dance Studio
351 Hudson Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Monday, March 24

Manhattan
3-4:30 p.m.
Ask The Docs – Workshop on Women’s Health Our monthly series with specialists from Beth Israel, focusing in March on women’s health issues in honor of Women’s History month
6:30 p.m.
Max, the Therapy Dog
6:30 p.m.
MS Support Group: Drop-in for all ages, facilitated by MS Society
The SAGE Center

Rochester
6:30 p.m.
Empire State Pride Agenda Community Forum: “Legislative Priorities for LGBTQ New Yorkers in 2014”
Trillium Health and the Pride Agenda

Staten Island
6-8 p.m.
Free & Confidential HIV Testing
Staten Island LGBT Community Center

Tuesday, March 25

Albany
6 p.m.
TRANSlating Documentation
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Manhattan
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Movement Workshop with Billy
4-4:45 p.m.
Meditation with Dojun
6:15-7 p.m.
Gentle Yoga
The SAGE Center

6-8 p.m.
B.R.E.A.T.H.E: Body Reclaiming and Empowerment; A Transformative and Healing Environment
A 10-week support group where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) survivors of sexual violence create a safe space filled with education and understanding, and share ways to support themselves, and each other.

B.R.E.A.T.H.E meets every Tuesday. Participants must attend an intake session by March 26th to be admitted into the group! To learn more or to schedule an intake session: Call Yesenia Gorbea at (212) 714-1184 x47 or Rosalind Lloyd at (212) 714-1184 x24. Snacks and transportation will be available.
Anti-Violence Project

Syracuse
5:30 p.m.
FallProof: Improve your strength and balance with this fun exercise class with Anne Reilly
SAGE Upstate

Rochester
6 p.m.
IMAGEOUT Film Night
The Cinema Theatre 957 South Clinton Ave
• 6 p.m. - Reaching For The Moon (Flores Raras)
• 8:30 p.m. - Best Of The Fest Shorts Program
Trillium Health

Wednesday, March 26

Manhattan
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tai Chi with Doc Woodbine
The SAGE Center

Thursday, March 27

Brooklyn
2:00 p.m.
Reproductive Health Workshop
CAMBA, 19 Winthrop St, Brooklyn
This workshop will cover many aspects of reproductive health needs for women and trans men, including the importance of regular exams, where to access services and what questions you should ask. Questions? Call Jeff Levi at (646) 358-1703 or email jlevin@gaycenter.org.

Manhattan
3:30-4 p.m.
Blood Pressure Clinic: Get your blood pressure checked with Nurse Mary
The SAGE Center

Friday, March 28

Albany
4-7 p.m.
Free & Confidential HIV Testing
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Saturday, March 29

Albany
1 p.m.
Trans* Health
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Manhattan
3-4:30 p.m.
Dealing with Stress –Psychotherapist-led open support group
The SAGE Center

Monday, March 31

Statewide
Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ends. Last day to enroll to avoid penalty for not having coverage. Sign up at the New York State Health Plan Marketplace.

Manhattan
6:30 p.m.
Max, the Therapy Dog
6:30 p.m.
MS Support Group: Drop-in for all ages, facilitated by MS Society
The SAGE Center

Manhattan
6:30
Post-DOMA Legal and Tax Information Q&A
The Center, 208 W. 13th Street, New York, NY
Center Families will host a legal panel for a discussion on how the repeal of DOMA impacts the LGBT community, including public benefits and social security, access to healthcare, and immigration concerns. Questions? Call Jeff Levi at (646) 358-1703 or email jlevin@gaycenter.org.