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UAMS hosts LGBT conference free until 4:30 p.m today

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Thursday, Jan 16, 2014:

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences opened its doors at a free conference today. The conference focuses on health care disparities in the LGBT population. It ends at 4:30 p.m.

The Fenway Institute, the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs and the Arkansas Primary Care Association are sponsors.

If you're a member of the LGBT community in Arkansas, this is an event that you would not miss. Speakers include Harvard professor and Director of National LGBT Health Education Center at the Fenway Institute Harvey Makadon, M.D.

There are panel discussions going on with executive academics at UAMS.

Registration info at UAM 501-686-7358.

UAMS conference on the LGBT populations and heath issues is a good opportunity to open eyes and craft illuminating and comforting solutions to intolerant households and communities in the Little Rock area where many are intolerant of the myriad of emotions and experiences that gay and lesbian youth experience.

It does not take a genius to recognize the correlation between high rates of tobacco use, encounters with violence, homelessness, and HIV that are especially prevalent in the lives of gay teens and adults.

The perspectives that a person's sexuality is responsible for those incidents of societal ill are wrong.

Time and time again, the heterosexual population has to be taught their relationships with gay people are what matter. Mothers have to accept gay sons and daughters loving and openly and without reservation or disappointment. Fathers and siblings must do the same.

Without that approval from family, a hurt person goes out into the world where there is more hurt. It is believed that preventative medicine and access to it, would reduce the elevated rates of depression and well as tobacco use and other behaviors that are incompatible with harmonious and healthy living. The added stigma of homosexuality, and societal reactions against it, are all suspected to be dual burden's a gay person carries and is forced to, somehow, cope and thrive in a society that opposes his or her existence.

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