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Celebrate Pride with health and well-being for everyone

June is Pride Month, a time to honor the LGBTQIA+ community and advocate for equality, acceptance, and the well-being of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Every year, Health Advocate celebrates Pride by focusing on health and well-being for all—because everyone deserves to feel empowered, supported, and proud of who they are.

Tips to prioritize health and well-being for Pride and beyond

Make your physical health a priority

Maintain your physical health through regular exercise, nutritious eating, and preventive care. LGBTQIA+ individuals may face unique challenges in accessing quality healthcare. Make it a priority to schedule important preventive screenings, communicate openly with your healthcare providers about your identity and needs, and explore inclusive LGBTQIA+ options. It’s important to find a provider who is knowledgeable about LGBTQIA+ health and can guide you appropriately based on your orientation and identity, knowing what questions to ask and what tests and screenings to recommend.

Nurture your mental health

Many in the LGBTQIA+ community struggle with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and trauma due to societal stigma, family rejection, and other stressors. It is especially important to address these feelings by participating in activities that nourish your mind and spirit. Consider journaling, connecting with supportive communities, practicing mindfulness, or talking to a professional like a licensed counselor.

Build connections that uplift you

Feeling understood and accepted is vital for your overall well-being. It can be helpful to expand your support network and celebrate your identity with LBGTQIA+ people and allies. Attend local LGBTQIA+ events, join an affirming sports league or hobby group, or connect with online communities that acknowledge and validate your experiences. For example, consider volunteering with LGBTQIA+ seniors’ groups. It can be rewarding for both you and the group, as they often face unique challenges in accessing the care and companionship they deserve in their later years.

Embrace the power of Pride

At the heart of Pride is the act of loving yourself exactly as you are. Make self-acceptance a priority. Indulge in activities that bring you joy, treat yourself with kindness, and consciously challenge negative self-talk. Remember, your identity is valid, and you deserve to feel proud and confident.

Use your voice for change

Pride is also about advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community. Use your voice to advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights, visibility, and access to inclusive healthcare resources and services. Support LGBTQIA+-owned businesses, attend events and parades, and educate yourself and others about the ongoing quest for equality. Advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community promotes whole-person health and well-being by providing access to affirming resources, fostering a sense of belonging, and contributing to a healthier, more equitable society. Together, we can create a world where everyone is celebrated, supported, and proud.