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Austin, Texas is a unique city with a well-known acceptance of members of the LGBTQ community. A city known for its welcoming nature and open-mindedness, Austin is growing in the ranks of popularity for drawing in a rising population percentage of LGBTQ residents. Along with this particular segment of population growth comes a defined need for comprehensive and affordable healthcare within the Austin city limits for what Texas identifies as one of the state’s most vulnerable populations.
In an effort to bolster current actions toward ensuring the healthcare needs of the community are effectively met, the Kind Clinic in Austin worked in conjunction with the Law Office of Rick Cofer Law to organize a Halloween Ball to benefit the LGBTQ community. The Halloween Ball, held on October 27, 2018 is one step toward an issue which needs far greater attention according to the following facts:
Despite the thriving and open gay acceptance and pride, according to a study of the LGBTQ population, there are certain basic needs such as safety and wellbeing as a whole which are not necessarily being met. With over 850 individuals surveyed, over half of those under the age of 30 admitted to being homeless at some point during their lives. Of that same group, roughly half also mentioned delaying healthcare needs due to financial inability. While there are free healthcare clinics available, some of these are funded or backed by religious organizations which led the LGBTQ group either to not attend the clinics or, in up to 30% of cases, not disclose their gender and/or sexual orientation.
In addition to basic physical healthcare, there is a great need for mental healthcare services, as well. Sexual healthcare is also an exceptionally important part of the total picture here, too, and something still not being cared for to the extent in which it is needed.
According to medicaldailytimes, the aforementioned Kind Clinic, in association with Texas Health Action, began in May of 2018 to provide healthcare with an emphasis on sexual health. Access to PrEP for all sexually active individuals of any sexual orientation is very important. The transfer risk of contracting HIV is nearly eliminated with proper use of PrEP, but both the medical community and the United States in general is in need of education about this preventative. Of course, even with the use of PrEP there are various other STIs which may spread since the preventative is solely focused on HIV and does not prevent other forms of sexual risks.
Thankfully, there are individuals like attorney Rick Cofer. He is once again teaming up with the Kind Clinic and Texas Health Action to unveil an event known as the Show Us Your Fantasy Ball. The goal of the event is to demonstrate inclusivity and to raise money for the community. The event would not have been possible without the assistance of Rick Cofer. In practice he is a criminal defense attorney who is deeply committed to bettering the lives of those in Austin and creating opportunities throughout the greater Austin area.