Pride Month events in Irvine and Orange County

June is Pride Month and Radiant Health Centers is proud to once again support the LGBTQ+ community in Orange County. During this annual event, LGBTQ+ people around the globe come together to uplift marginalized voices and raise awareness of issues affecting the community. At Radiant Health Centers we will join in the celebration of the incredible progress made by so many, and consider what can be done to continue to promote inclusivity.

Why Pride Month Matters for LGBTQ+ People in Orange County

Pride Month is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organizations to consider how to promote inclusivity, equity and diversity. From workplaces and schools to health services and community groups, LGBTQ+ individuals routinely face barriers to equality. With awareness at its highest during Pride Month, these groups and organizations are encouraged to reflect on how to foster a better environment for LGBTQ+ people.

Addressing the Ongoing Struggles for Equality

While much progress has been made over recent decades, frequent examples of discrimination throughout society still occur. Pride Month is a chance to celebrate the many achievements, along with the need to be aware of the continued need for improvements.

During Mental Health Awareness Month, we saw the impact of discrimination and inequality on the mental well-being of many in the LGBTQ+ community. Statistics indicate that over half of all LGBTQ+ women have experienced sexual harasment during their careers. Similarly, LGBTQ+ women are the most likely group to report microaggressions at work.

While change is an ongoing process, Pride Month provides individuals and organizations with the chance for open discussion, self-education and allyship. Fortunately, when the world is focused on the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month, change is more likely to occur.

How Groups Can Promote Inclusivity in Orange County

  • Develop policies detailing how your organization promotes inclusivity.
  • Create an open forum for LGBTQ+ people to discuss their needs.
  • Offer diversity training to foster better relations.
  • Ensure LGBTQ+ people with disabilities are not prevented from participation.

What Events Are Taking Place During Pride Month?

Pride Month 2022 features a wide variety of events. At Radiant Health Centers, we have our Pride Kick Off Happy Hour on Thursday, June 23rd. Join us for a chance to socialize and prepare yourself for the OC Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 25th. With the many events taking place during June, OC Pride is the best place to stay up-to-date with the busy calendar.

Access LGBTQ+ Medical Care in Orange County

Radiant Health Centers provides STD testing, HIV treatment, counseling, social services and more for the LGBTQ+ community in Orange County. We provide confidential visits at our Irvine clinic or through our telehealth facilities. To contact us, call (949) 809-5700 or request an appointment now.

Orange County Club Radiant Annual Gala

Friday, May 13, 2022, saw the long-awaited return of the Radiant Health Centers’ Club Radiant Gala. With attendees coming together to support the Orange County LGBTQ+ community, the event once again highlighted the generosity of our sponsors, donors and attendees alike. Those who were lucky enough to secure a ticket enjoyed live music, awards – and a celebration that went long into the night.

Fundraising Goal Reached at Radiant Health Centers’ 36th Annual Gala

The Annual Gala has become a highlight on the calendar, and this year generated even more excitement after the 2021 COVID-enforced virtual event. This enthusiasm was put into sharp focus when the fundraising goal of $300,000 was surpassed. To support LGBTQ+ healthcare equity and HIV care in Orange County, the money raised will enable Radiant Health Centers to deliver services for some of the most vulnerable people across Orange County.

As always, it is the support and generosity of our sponsors that makes this all possible. Our Silver sponsor this year was Gilead, and our Bronze sponsors were Alaska Airlines, Avita, Disneyland Resort, Janssen, Pacific Life, Pacific Western Bank & Union Bank.

Everyone at Radiant Health Centers would like to thank these organizations for their support. All of our sponsors, donors and supporters will ensure that thousands of our clients will get ongoing access to the highest quality health services in Orange County.

Recognizing Activism and Advocacy in the LGBTQ+ Community

Another high point was the presentation of the Radiant Compassion Award. This year saw an activist and journalist honored at the Annual Gala for their work in the LGBTQ+ community.

Alison Arngrim is best known for her work as a best-selling author and actor, including a role in television’s “Little House On The Prairie.” Alison has been an advocate for LGBTQ+ causes for many years, working hotlines, fundraising and providing consistent support.

Sharing the award was two-time Emmy Award winner, Tony Morrison. Tony revealed his journey living with HIV in an affecting essay, and continues to inspire many others by openly sharing his experiences.

Alison Arngrim and Tony Morrison 2022 Radiant Health Centers Annual LGBTQ+ Gala

Back to the ’70s at Club Radiant

The Club Radiant theme offered attendees the chance to showcase their best 70’s outfits – and they certainly did not disappoint. Guests were also treated to a live performance from Thelma Houston, GRAMMY Award winning Motown, pop and disco legend. The money raised will play a crucial role for countless people across Orange County throughout the year. A big thank you to everyone who attended and made the event such a memorable occasion. If you missed out on the gala but would like to contribute, you can still donate to the LGBTQ+ community through Radiant Health Centers.

Thelma Houston Performing at Radiant Health Centers 2022 LGBTQ+ Gala

Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community in Orange County

Radiant Health Centers is committed to providing support to those living with HIV in Orange County. In addition, we are available for STD testing, social services, counseling and other services at our Irvine medical clinic and via telehealth. For more information, call (949) 809-5700 or request an appointment now.