"A longtime area HIV/AIDS resource is expanding its mission to serve the full spectrum of health needs in the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. Equitas Health, formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio, announced its name change and broadened focus in early April. Since then, the not-for-profit organization has been holding 'community conversations' across the state to raise awareness around its new mission and services. On Wednesday, May 18, Equitas Health representatives are coming to the Little Art Theatre. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will also address the health needs and challenges in the LGBTQ community.
“'We’re an emerging population,' said President and CEO Bill Hardy, who will be speaking at the event. 'Folks are stepping forward, self-identifying as LGBTQ.' With the legalization of same-sex marriage, the community now includes many more families. But the health care system is not keeping pace, he added..."
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