Austin, Texas is known for standing out, and this is part of what makes it such a unique place to be. Austin is also known for its rich LGBTQ community. Rick Cofer is a big supporter of this community, and he helped to make things happen such as the Halloween ball that benefited the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ community. Rick Cofer is a criminal defense attorney who stands up for the LGBTQ community as well as other communities such as the homeless. He is dedicated to helping better the lives of others.
Cofer is quite supportive of the LGBTQ community, but there is still a real lack of wellness security. A recent study conducted by the Texas Impact Funds found that there needs to be more done in this area because it is lacking, although it may appear otherwise from a nationwide standpoint. Out of 850 LGBTQ who were interviewed over half were homeless at least at some point in their lives. Although there are clinics that offer help, they tend to be biased, and patients simply do not feel as if they can go there to receive care. If they do go, they often do not receive adequate care in part because they simply cannot disclose their sexual orientation. 77% of the LGBTQ community do not even receive mental health care and many struggle on a daily basis because of it.
Texas Health Action is working with the Kind Clinic to change this, and they have been providing their services since May of this year. They are primarily focused on sexual health in addition to other areas of health care and have plans to go forward and to help many others. It is very important for the LGBTQ to have access to this type of care because it helps to eliminate the risk of contracting HIV and it is an effective way to educate about the truths as well as the myths about HIV and how it is contracted.
It is much better to prevent a problem other than to have to find a solution for it and this clinic is an open and welcoming place to the LGBTQ community, so they are much more likely to utilize the services that they offer. The clinic offers both insured as well as uninsured patients and does not see race, sexual orientation, age, or any other defining factors. They also offer low and even free services such as wellness visits, hormone therapy, and much-needed medication. The clinic is a way of bringing about awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQ community as well as helping them to live the lives that they want to which is full of optimism and opportunity.