Planned Parenthood South Atlantic Marks National Coming Out Day
For Immediate Release: Oct. 11, 2017 (Updated: Oct. 11, 2017, 3:03 p.m.)
LGBT Center of Raleigh Awards Planned Parenthood South Atlantic Organization of the Year
RALEIGH, N.C. — October 11 is National Coming Out Day, observed annually to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) identities and to raise awareness of the issues facing these communities — and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is taking the opportunity to remind the community here in Raleigh of the need for all people to have access to high-quality, compassionate health care.
“We have long stood with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the struggle for full equality — many of whom turn to Planned Parenthood for health care, information and education,” Jenny Black, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, said. “We take great pride in providing health care services specifically for LGBT individuals in a space where they feel cared for, not judged. I’m especially proud that in Raleigh we’ve been providing transgender services for years — including gender affirming hormone therapy — to address the ongoing healthcare needs of our patients in transition.”
Last Friday, Oct. 6, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic was honored to be recognized as the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s Organization of the Year for 2017.
Coming out to your provider is more than just telling them about your sexual orientation or identity. It means being honest about your sexual behaviors. It means you’ll be able to focus on health concerns specific to you and avoid unnecessary questions or discussions — about birth control, for example. Planned Parenthood knows that people receive the best healthcare possible when they’re able to bring their full and authentic selves to their healthcare provider.
“Planned Parenthood South Atlantic believes that all people deserve high-quality, affordable health care, no matter who they are and no matter where they live,” said Black. “We believe that when people are truly cared for, they make their lives, their families, and their communities better and healthier.”
“It’s clear that we cannot create the world we want to live in without also working alongside the LGBT community, immigrants, people of color and young people,” Black went on to say. “Planned Parenthood recognizes that issues like LGBT rights, poverty, immigration reform, and racial justice are deeply connected to the fight for reproductive justice. We are committed to standing up for LGBT rights and providing radically compassionate care to the patients we serve. Most importantly, we are proud to continue to serve as a health care provider, educator and advocate to the Raleigh community for all people — no matter what.”
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is a nonprofit family planning agency that respects and protects the rights of each woman, man and young person to make informed reproductive decisions. Our mission is to provide accessible, high-quality health care and information to patients and to serve as advocate and educator to the community on responsible human sexuality. We have health centers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.