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Martial arts champion Jessica Aguilar to speak Thursday at Pride Center about LBT health issues

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Women in Network and The Pride Center on Thursday, March 13, will host martial arts champion Jessica Aguilar for a discussion on LBT health issues.

From the news release:

Jessica’s incredible charisma, smooth athletic style, work ethic and positive energy allow her to nurture others while being a world champion Mixed Martial Arts fighter.  Jessica will speak about her involvement with The Pride Center and her advocacy for the LBT Health Directory:  LBTHealth.org

“Everyone deserves to have quality health care,” says Jessica.  “We hope the directory opens doors for women in the LBT community who would otherwise not have sought out medical or mental health treatment in fear of shame or being misunderstood.”

LBTHealth.org is a free, on-line, searchable directory containing over 300 health care practitioners in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.  Lesbian, bisexual, transgender women can find healthcare without fear or social stigma by accessing these culturally competent providers, including gynecologists, primary care physicians, and mental health professionals.   The Initiative represents a true non-profit community collaboration.   The program has been spearheaded by The Pride Center in collaboration with Aqua Foundation for Women, Women in Network (WIN), SunServe, BLAST and others to develop, organize and market the resource.

“This directory is a vital need within the LBT women’s community,” according to Denise Spivak, President of Women in Network.  “LBT women so often do not seek out medical care, for reasons that include discrimination, lack of understanding and lack of insurance.  Having a resource that says to the community ‘these medical professionals understand and will treat you with care and respect’ speaks volumes and, hopefully, will make a profound difference in the way that LBT women view health care.”

The community meet-and-greet begins at 5 p.m.

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