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Pride Month 2021

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June 10, 2021 Read Time - 7 minutes

Pride Month 2021

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Pride Month is celebrated in June of each year. The first celebration was hosted in New York City on June 28, 1970, when thousands marched in the streets celebrating what was originally called “Gay Pride Day.”

This celebration marked the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid of the Stonewall Inn.

The Stonewall Riots are recognized as a critical tipping point in the gay liberation movement that ignited the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

Each year, celebrations expanded to include more American cities and longer demonstrations. Gay Pride Day soon grew to encompass an entire month focused on uniting public displays of gay pride and social activism.

Today, Pride Month is celebrated with parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, concerts, and marches.

Millions of people flock to cities to participate in massive displays of pride. Additionally, memorials are often held to commemorate those in the LGBTQ community who have been lost due to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.

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Pride Month History

Below, we’re going to look back at the history of Pride Month and go over some of the ways you can keep the tradition going even in our highly unusual circumstances.

Why is Pride Month in June?

Pride Month began one year after the massively influential Stonewall Riots. In the early hours of June 28, 1969, the police raided Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. 

As the patrons resisted arrest, a growing crowd began to throw objects at the officers. Violence broke out as tensions between police and New York’s gay community exploded. The riots would last three days as people displayed their anger at the harassment the gay community faced. 

Who Created Pride Month?

The Stonewall uprising resulted in the formation of several organizations, including the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance. These groups were modeled after the civil rights movement and the women’s rights movement.

Members organized protests, met with political leaders, and interrupted public meetings to confront those who suppressed their rights. As a homage to the fight for gay rights that began with the Stonewall Riots, organizers in 1970 set out to create a day of celebration for the gay community.

From then on, demonstrations of pride have expanded to encompass lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. Celebrations now occur throughout the whole month, and the Stonewall Inn is now a national monument. 

How to Celebrate Pride Month in 2021 

We at PlushCare want to encourage a balance between the two critical realities of our time.

First, the importance of the activism that continues throughout our nation to protest racial inequality cannot be understated. At PlushCare, we’re committed to continuing our work to advance telemedicine so that all people have access to quality and affordable healthcare.

Second, we also must acknowledge the threat of COVID-19. As we enter Pride Month in 2021, we at PlushCare want to encourage safe activism that both advances the rights of the LGBTQ community while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Countless pride events are being hosted both in person and virtually this year, and we encourage you to take the proper precautions to stay safe as you celebrate Pride Month!

  • NYC Queer Playback Theater’s “Pride in Progress” (Sunday, June 13, 8:00 p.m. EST)
  • Virtual Pride Month Storytimes (Tuesday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. EST)
  • Dismantling Transphobia in the Workplace (Thursday, June 17, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST)

To find more events in a variety of cities, click here!

Pride Month and LGBTQ Health

Research has shown that LGBTQ individuals have historically faced health disparities due to social stigma, discriminaiton, and the denial of civil and human rights. LGBTQ individuals face a higher risk of HIV, STDs, and mental health conditions, especially among communities or color.

We at Plushcare support the health of the LGBTQ community. We offer a wide variety of resources, from online PrEP treatment to mental health resources, to help the LGBTQ community access high-quality health care.

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What Is PrEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent contracting HIV from sex or injection drug use. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective in preventing HIV.

PrEP might be right for you if you’ve been sexually active in the past 6 months and you:

  • Have a sexual partner with HIV
  • Do not consistently use a condom, or
  • Have been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months

How Does PrEP Work?

PrEP contains nucleoside/nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) that create fortified “walls” around CD4 cells, which prevents HIV from multiplying in your body. If HIV enters your body, it will be unable to breach the walls created by PrEP.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, PrEP protection begins approximately 7–20 days after the first dose. It’s important to keep in mind that PrEP should be combined with other HIV prevention strategies, such as safe-sex practices, to lower your risk of HIV.

HIV and AIDS Treatment

HIV and AIDs treatment involves antiretroviral therapy (ART), which reduces the amount of HIV in your blood. While there is currently no effectiveness for HIV/AIDs, it’s possible to manage HIV with proper medical care.

If you think you might have HIV, seek testing immediately. HIV medicine is recommended for everyone with HIV, regardless of their current health status or how long they’ve had the virus. Additionally, “taking HIV medicine does not prevent transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases,” according to the CDC.

STD Testing and Prevention

At Plushcare, we recommend getting tested for STDs semi-frequently if you are sexually active. You should seek immediate STD testing if:

  • You have a new partner
  • You have multiple partners
  • Your current partner has cheated on you
  • You and your current partner are not consistently using condoms
  • You show any symptoms related to an STD

Although STDs are rarely talked about, they’re relatively common. If you think you have an STD, PlushCare offers online STD panels, along with trichomonas, molluscum, and extragenital testing. If you have an STD, don’t let social stigma keep you from seeking the treatment you need.

Viral Hepatitis Diagnosis and Treatment

Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters blood, and fights infections. When the liver becomes inflamed, its functioning can become affected. You may be at a higher risk for viral hepatitis if you:

  • Live with someone who has hepatitis B
  • Have had many sexual partners
  • Have had sex with someone who has hepatitis B
  • Are a man who has sex with men
  • Have a history of STIs
  • Have HIV or hepatitis C

Diagnosing hepatitis B typically involves blood tests, liver ultrasounds, and liver biopsies. Most people diagnosed with viral hepatitis require treatment with antiviral medications or interferon injections for the rest of their lives. If your liver is severely damaged, a liver transplant may be necessary.

Pride Month and Mental Health

Although LGBTQ individuals face a higher risk of mental health conditions than the general population, they often face discrimination in mental health care, making it difficult to access quality treatment. For some people, negative interactions with mental health professionals might serve as a barrier from seeking treatment when it’s needed most.

At Plushcare, we offer online counseling services for a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our licensed therapists can help you start feeling better with inclusive, compassionate mental health treatment.

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How PlushCare Supports the LGBTQ Community

PlushCare supports the rights and equal treatment of the LGBTQ community! We are dedicated to improving access to health care for all and are proud to employ and serve a diverse team and patient base.

Additionally, we are proud to be the largest online provider of PrEP, an HIV preventative medication. Of the thousands of LGBTQ patients in our PrEP program, zero have contracted HIV. PrEP, when taken correctly, is highly effective at preventing HIV and we make it easy and affordable to get the medication online.

Learn more on our PrEP page, or book an appointment with a board-certified physician to learn more about PrEP here.


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Sources:

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CNN. It’s Pride Month. Here’s what you need to know. Accessed on June 10, 2021. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/01/health/pride-month-origin-trnd/index.html

Library of Congress. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month. Accessed on June 10, 2021. https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). Accessed on June 10, 2021 at https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html 

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Treatment. Accessed on June 10, 2021 at https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/livingwithhiv/treatment.html

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