April 26th to May 2nd, 2022 will mark the return of Lesbian Visibility Week. At Radiant Health Centers’ LGBTQ+ medical clinic in Orange County, the team will once again show solidarity with LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people across the world. Dating back to 1990, Lesbian Visibility Week has become an important fixture in the calendar. We celebrate this week through raising awareness of lesbian identities to performing vital work in tackling lesbian issues.
Celebrating Lesbian Visibility Week
Lesbian Visibility Week is an annual event created to shine a light on the lesbian community across the world. The week will see cities raising the Lesbian Pride flag in recognition of this vibrant community, one that is sometimes overlooked. With a series of events designed around the theme of visibility and raising awareness, it’s a chance to work on issues concerning inclusion, healthcare, discrimination and much more.
Healthcare in the Lesbian Community
With a range of challenges impacting LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people, healthcare will be an important topic during Lesbian Visibility Week. The Diva Survey found that 48% of lesbians reported having a mental health condition, with this number rising to 71% for non-binary people. Sadly, three out of four survey respondents also reported their mental health had suffered due to the pandemic and lockdowns.
And while access to better quality, compassionate healthcare is available through clinics such as Radiant Health Centers, challenges for the lesbian community are still out there. Studies have shown that many women face discrimination, stigmatization and barriers in accessing healthcare services. Workers within the medical field perform important roles that can improve the level of care received by LGBTQ+ women, and Lesbian Visibility Week is an excellent opportunity to address these concerns.
Improving Healthcare for the LGBTQ+ Community
With healthcare challenges affecting many lesbian women, it is important to work with providers who show care and consideration for their unique challenges. LGTBQ+ medical clinics like Radiant Health Centers offer valuable services like family planning, sexual health care, birth control, breast exams and cervical exams.
Our staff specializes in delivering these services for the LGBTQ+ community, and wants to turn the promise of healthcare equity and accessibility into a reality. Through a range of reproductive health services, lesbian women can take control of their health and make the right decisions for themselves and their families. These areas, along with many others that will be discussed, represent the importance of supporting Lesbian Visibility Week when it begins later this month.
Medical Care and Counseling at Orange County’s Leading LGBTQ+ Medical Clinic
Radiant Health Centers provides healthcare services to the LGBTQ+ community in Orange County. For family planning, HIV treatment, STD testing and more, contact our Irvine medical clinic at (949) 809-5700 or request an appointment today.
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