Transforming Trans* Health and Community: Prioritizing Gender-Affirming Care for Prevention and Substance Use Support

June 12, 2024

By: Lu Orona (he/they), We Breathe Communications Intern                 In a world where only a limited number of spaces are well-prepared to support the needs and well-being of Transgender, Gender-Diverse, and Intersex (TGI) individuals, accessing affirming care can be a daunting task due to high demand and limited…

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We Breathe: Thoughts on the Rise of Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate

April 3, 2024

Tobacco prevention in California has been a decades-long effort with many successes across the state. One of the most notable successes was the recent statewide ban on flavored tobacco products in 2022. Now the majority of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, are banned in all retailers and cities in California.  There have been countless…

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Honoring Expansive Visibility: A Journey of Self-Discovery As a Trans* Man

March 29, 2024

By Lu Lukah Orona March 29th, 2024 In recent years, the visibility within the transgender community has blossomed into a vibrant tapestry of diversity and inclusivity. It’s a beautiful spectrum where identities flourish, transcending conventional boundaries and challenging societal norms. For many, myself included, this visibility has been more than just a recognition—it’s been a…

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Honoring Nex Benedict

February 21, 2024

The tragedy of Nex Benedict is alltoo familiar for many of us. However, we must continue to honor Nex and the life Nex lived. Nex, a nonbinary 16-year-old from Owasso, Oklahoma, enjoyed rock music, gaming, animals and nature, was Choctaw and a 4.0 student. Our hearts ache for the Oklahoma 2SLGBTQIA+ community and for the…

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Embracing Queer Self-Love: A Journey to Authenticity and Empowerment

February 14, 2024

By Ariela Cuellar (she/her), Senior Communications Specialist 2-14-2024  In a world that often imposes narrow definitions of love and relationships, the journey LGBTQ+ people have in navigating platonic and romantic relationships becomes a tapestry woven with threads of self-discovery, connection, and authenticity. My journey has been one of defiance against societal norms, exploration of my…

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Why “Just Say No” to Tobacco Fails LGBTQ+ Communities

September 20, 2023

By: Ryan Oda (he/him/his), We Breathe Program Coordinator with the CA LGBTQ HHS Network Yellowing teeth. Wrinkling skin. A dry as hell cough. We’ve all seen the ads showing the dangers of smoking cigarettes. In middle school, our teachers would pass out red ribbons and “D.A.R.E.” us to be drug-free. “Just Say NO” still lingers…

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Celebrate Your Pride, 365 Days a Year!

June 1, 2023

Dear Network Members, First and foremost, HAPPY PRIDE! These last few weeks we have seen how corporations ‘rainbow’ themselves during Pride Month to capitalize on our liberties and identities. We have also seen how these same corporations backtrack when anti-LGBTQ folx cause a ruckus and force the hand of these businesses such as the LA…

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California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network Recognized as a Healthy People 2030 Champion for Supporting the Initiative’s Vision

March 27, 2023

The California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network is pleased to be recognized by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Healthy People 2030 Champion. As a Healthy People 2030 Champion, The CA LGBTQ HHS Network has demonstrated a commitment to…

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San Joaquin Pride Center Hosts Community Events for National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week

March 23, 2023

 The San Joaquin Pride Center is hosting a week filled with various community events to help promote LGBTQ+ mental health during the last week of March – also known as National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week! The San Joaquin Pride Center is an LGBTQ+ Task Force for #Out4MentalHealth–   a statewide project hosted by the CA LGBTQ…

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California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network Strengthens Leadership with Key Staff Promotion to Support Growth 

March 9, 2023

The California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network, a statewide coalition working to advance LGBTQ health equity, is excited to announce the promotion of Isaias Guzman as the Network’s Manager of Programs. Isaias was formerly the Network’s Organizer and LGBTQ Program Coordinator and has been integral to the work of the organization for over 4 years.…

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