Content Warning: This video may not be suitable for young viewers as it is a frank discussion of healthcare issues within the LGBTQ+ community.
This past week we hosted our October community forum: It’s Ok to Not Be Ok. The discussion centered on health and health policy for the LGBT community in light of October being health awareness month. Syd Sennett, peer leader for NAGLY and board member of North Shore Pride, moderated the panel.
Important note: this panel is a part of North Shore Pride’s educational mission and any health concerns that you may personally have, you should always go talk with your doctor.
Because a lot of information was discussed during the event, we’ll break it up into four “takeaways” posts in the coming weeks.
Physical Health Takeaways from It’s Ok to Not Be Ok
What are the primary medical inquiries specific to our LGBTQ+ community? How do people come out to their health provider? How do you know what health provider to see? How do we navigate through this pandemic?
Constantino “Coco” Alinsug, Senior Outreach Manager of Fenway Community Health led this portion of the panel, discussing his role at Fenway Health and how LGBTQ+ community members can make the most of their healthcare.
Adrian Shanker and Fonda Feeling also contributed to the discussion, adding a bit more about why healthcare providers ought to provide more information and access to care for the LGBTQ+ community than they do, and what LGBTQ+ individuals can do if they don’t immediately have access to programs as comprehensive as Fenway Health.
Relevant Links and Articles
- Find an LGBTQ+ Competent Healthcare Provider
- The Fenway Institute
- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)’s Safe Spaces for GLBTQ Youth Program
- National LBTQ Health Education Center
- Queer Exchange Boston
- Should you come out to your doctor?
- Teaching doctors and nurses about how to treat the LGBTQ community
- CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 Prevention
- Myozen Joan Amaral: Founder and Guiding Teacher, Zen Center North Shore
- Fonda Feeling: Aerialist and Burlesque Performer and Sex Educator with Good Vibrations, Cambridge and Brookline
- Adrian Shanker: Editor, Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health and Executive Director Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Allentown, PA
- Dr. Karen Vautour: Clinical Director, North Shore Counseling Center, Beverly, MA
- Constantino “Coco” Alinsug, Senior Outreach Manager of Fenway Community Health, Aids Action and the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center
- Syd Sennett, Board Member, North Shore Pride, Inc. and Peer leader at NAGLY