OurQ

Communities Putting Prevention to Work

About OurQ

OurQ is about the link between health and social justice. It’s recognizing the challenges we face as lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. It’s also about empowerment through education and collective action. OurQ is knowledge – Our Cue to Action.

Tobacco and LGBT

King County has huge disparities in smoking prevalence by race and ethnicity, income, sexual orientation and socially disadvantaged geographic areas. In fact, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) people show some of the highest smoking prevalence rates of all disproportionately affected populations—we are nearly twice as likely to smoke than the general public.

Campaign

We’re examining the many factors that contribute to tobacco’s prevalence in our community, and encouraging people to recognize “Our Q to Action.” The campaign motivates LGBT people to view tobacco’s impact on us as not just a health issue, but a social justice issue as well. The campaign promotes the expectation that the businesses which serve our community should also care about our health.

Pride + Social Justice

Gay City works to promote health and wellness in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender communities. Since tobacco use is such a prevalent health issue among LGBT people, we are working with businesses and organizations that serve our community to develop Tobacco Prevention and Control Policies. Having a tobacco policy in place is a simple and effective way to demonstrate your commitment to our health!

To that end, Gay City’s goal is to have 100% of this year’s PrideFest vendors implement a Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (TPCP) – and we’ll work with you if you need help developing one.

OurQ is made possible by funding from PUBLIC HEALTH—SEATTLE & KING COUNTY + U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

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