Sponsor a seat on the bus to LGBTQ healthcare!
CNY for Solidarity provides the LGBTQ and Trans* community with the means to access LGBT focused healthcare in an Trans* positive environment. Over 3500 people who identify as Trans* in CNY (Central New York State) and studies have shown a staggering disparity in healthcare among them.
28% Do Not Receive Medical Care When Sick.
The reasons for not receiving care range from being assaulted in the waiting room, being refused treatment, inadequate training for medical professionals, and anxiety around past experiences. I’m sure you agree that everyone should be able to obtain health care regardless of their age, disability, race, sex, religion, and gender, but there are only a few communities that have provided protections from discrimination on the basis of gender identity. New York State does not provide protections for us.
33% Delay or Avoid Preventative Health Care.
The good news is that our community has banded together and is working to eliminate these obstacles locally. And, to make sure that no one has to wait, we provide monthly transportation to The Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia, PA. There everyone can receive health care from doctors who are knowledgeable, in a safe space and at a sliding scale fee.
"For the first time I can remember, I feel like I have control of my health and body."
We have had a great deal of success with this program and members of our community have gained access to 30 medical appointments:
- 13 received trans specific care.
- 8 gained first time access to trans specific care
- 4 had cancer screening
- 5 had sti testing
- 3 had issues stemming inadequate care in Syracuse addressed
- 3 had mental health issues addressed
$20 will sponsor a seat on the bus to health on May 15th 2014
. Physical health is just the begining. Participants report experiencing a profound improvement in their attitude about health care and quality of life, and self-efficacy as a result of their visit to Mazzoni Center and return to our community as enthusiastic contributors.
It changes lives, and you can be a real part of that!
Please consider giving to our campaign. Every bit helps! The quote above is from me, by the way, because this is helping me tremendously.