Resolution J108-2013

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

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

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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.

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