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“Navigating healthcare systems is not easy or affirming for most folks, but for LGBTQ folks its even more daunting. These systems are erasing our identities, so to come to Gay City and have an LGBTQ professional who sees them for their whole self and who helps them navigate through these systems in an affirming and friendly way can make all the difference in someone’s life.

“I love helping LGBTQ folks empower themselves. I wanted to share with you one time I made a big difference for one person in particular – an immigrant living in Washington State for over a year while dealing with discrimination for being a member of the LGBTQ community. The immigrant didn’t know their options, so they made long trips to see a provider while paying for everything out of pocket. I was able to sign them up for Apple Health and connect them to LGBTQ-affirming healthcare providers in their own neighborhood within walking distance.”

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