Pride With Heart

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Pride Month Message from AHA CEO, Nancy Brown

Addressing the needs of LGBTQ staff, volunteers, and the community at large, advocating for equality and health equity.

Who we are

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives for all Americans. We’re dedicated to ensuring equitable health and reducing LGBTQ health disparities. We fund innovative research, advocate for public health and share lifesaving resources important to LGBTQ communities. 

Research suggests that members of LGBTQ communities face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination and denial of civil and human rights. Discrimination faced by LGBTQ people has been associated with high rates of tobacco use and vaping, substance abuse and suicide, among other issues.

Many types of mental health issues can affect heart disease risk, so it’s important to raise awareness and gain a thorough understanding of the health challenges faced by this vulnerable community. 

LGBTQ adults report experiencing high rates of discrimination in health care settings

The majority of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (or Questioning) adults report experiencing discrimination from a health care professional.

LGBT Science and News   Health Equity Headlines

Beloved San Francisco drag queen spreads message of heart health

Oct. 6, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ population, other vulnerable groups (Podcast)

American Heart Association June 2, 2020

Aging LGBT seniors a 'major public health issue'

American Heart Association News Oct. 10, 2018

LGBTQ community may be 'particularly vulnerable' to coronavirus pandemic. Here's why.

USA Today, May 18, 2020

LGBTQ Americans are getting coronavirus, losing jobs. Anti-gay bias is making it worse for them.

USA Today, May 10, 2020

Photo Gallery 

American Heart Association LGBTQ Outreach in Virginia

Example of LGBTQ heart and brain health outreach display at Virginia Pride event

Camille Richards at Virginia Pride 

American Heart Association volunteer nurse Camille Richards, gives free blood pressure checks and guidance to attendees at Virginia Pride Festival.

Camille Richard and Teri Arnold at Virginia Pride Festival

Teri Arnold, heart attack survivor and her partner, American Heart Association volunteer nurse Camille Richards volunteer at the Virginia Pride Festival

Richard Van Egtern and Daniel Ruacho at the Long Beach Pride Festival

Richard Van Egtern and Daniel Ruacho

 Richard Van Egtern and Daniel Ruacho attended the Long Beach Pride Festival advocating for Pride festivals to be smoke-free and provided smoking cessation information to attendees.