J108

Commemorating March 2013, as the Fourth Annual New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Month

download pdf

Sponsor

actions

  • 10 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 15 / Jan / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 15 / Jan / 2013
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Versions:
J108
Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

text

J108


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating March 2013, as the Fourth Annual
New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Month

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
applaud those cultural events within the State of New York which serve
to celebrate diversity, and in doing so, help to enfranchise all popu-
lations within the larger community of humanity; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate March 2013, as the Fourth Annual New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Health Month; this year's theme is "We Count, Count Us";
and
WHEREAS, The New York State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT) Health and Human Services Network ("the Network") is a coalition
of over 50 LGBT-specific and LGBT-supportive nonprofit groups and organ-
izations that provide health and social services to LGBT New Yorkers and
their families; and
WHEREAS, The Network members provide: health and wellness programs
including primary and preventative health care; social support and
education; mental health treatment and family counseling; domestic
violence and sexual assault services; crime victim assistance; homeless
youth services; and alcohol and substance abuse prevention; and
WHEREAS, By focusing on non-HIV related health needs, Network members
have worked diligently with New York State government to recognize the
continuum of health care needs in the LGBT communities; and
WHEREAS, Founded in 1994, the Network is supported and administered by
the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation and operates on a democratic,
consensual basis through a Steering Committee and the participation of
Network members in a variety of work groups; and
WHEREAS, New York LGBT Health Month will encourage LGBT New Yorkers
and the organizations that serve them to educate, advocate and organize
around LGBT health and wellness in all its various forms -- physical,
sexual, spiritual, emotional and social; and
WHEREAS, New York LGBT Health Month will raise a better understanding
of LGBT health issues and the special health and social services needs
that LGBT people have, including increased rates of smoking, breast
cancer, substance abuse, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, and
depression and suicide attempts among LGBT youth; and
WHEREAS, LGBT New Yorkers have disproportionately inadequate health-
care due to financial, cultural and personal barriers; New York LGBT
Health Month encourages local groups, agencies and organizations to
offer a full month of programs and events designed to educate, advocate
and build community around the theme of LGBT health; and
WHEREAS, New York LGBT Health Month has an alternate goal to build
community amongst LGBT people around New York State; and
WHEREAS, It is with great admiration that this Legislative Body recog-
nizes the efforts of all of the noble individuals who have worked on
behalf of New York LGBT Health Month, past and present, and wishes this
exemplary coalition continued success in its vital work on behalf of the
LGBT community it serves; and
WHEREAS, Our society is greatly benefited by the purposeful efforts of
individuals who unite for the cause of improving the quality of life for
others, and who proactively work toward the goal of dignity for all;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate March 2013, as the Fourth Annual New York Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Health Month; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the New York State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Health and Human Services Network.

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.