This Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 4 to 6 PM, join the American Cancer Society of the
Lower Hudson Valley for our first Virtual Pride event. We will have an educational
component where we will about cancer screening and prevention for specific cancers more
prevalent in the LGBT community. ACS CAN (Cancer Action Network) will talk about what ACS
is doing to advocate for the LGBT Community. We will have a cancer survivor speaker. We also
have some fun activities planned including- 50 Years of Pride trivia and we will end our evening
with a DJ dance party and Drag Show!
This event will be streamed virtually through our social media platforms:
June 2020 will be decidedly different without the colorful parades that usually mark Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, but Pride is about more than that. We
remember the struggles of people who fought for equal rights of all Americans. I am proud to
stand with the American Cancer Society and its nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, to help lead the fight against cancer for all
people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
While LGBT data is not systematically collected in the United States, it is estimated
approximately four percent of Americans identify as LGBT, and the National LGBT Cancer
Network estimates there are more than 1 million LGBT cancer survivors in the U.S. Still, LGBT
people are known to have increased cancer risks and decreased screening rates. Research
confirms that the LGBT community has a disproportionate burden of cancer and distinctive risk
factors, and that they face additional barriers to accessing health care. They, therefore, have
both greater cancer incidence and later stage diagnosis.
Join us for our Coming Out Against Cancer virtual event to help spread awareness about these
disparities and learn how your ACS can help the LGBT community through education,
prevention and support, all while having fun and celebrating PRIDE!
The American Cancer Society can help LGBT individuals learn more about the cancers they are
most at risk for, as well as how to find these cancers early. Everyone can help reduce their
cancer risk and stay well by seeing a doctor on a regular basis, getting the cancer screening
tests that are right for them and making healthy lifestyle choices like quitting smoking and
maintaining a balanced weight.
I encourage everyone to visit Cancer.org or to call 800-227-2345 to learn more. Knowing what
all people can do to reduce their risk for cancer or find it early may save their life or the life of
someone they love.