Despite many positive changes in recent years, Americans who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) continue to face discrimination in most public sectors; have less access to resources and protections; and as a result have slightly higher rates of mental and physical health difficulties, especially LGBT youth.
Given the recent surge of interest in LGBT issues (such as equity and youth suicide), studies are beginning to show that inclusive policies decrease rates of mental and physical health visits and that the level of support LGBT individuals perceive greatly reduces such risks. These results have been supported by the CDC and the UCLA Williams Institute.
As such, we have organized community leaders and groups in the area to create a visible and accessible resource guide for our community members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender, their families and friends. We hope that finding a way to increase the visibility of a supportive community will help create a healthier community overall in the Evansville and surrounding area. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our friends and family.
Read the press release from the University of Southern Indiana
Read the press release from the Courier and Press
Listen to the press release from WNIN
Read the press release from The Shield
With endorsements from several community leaders, Map Evansville aims to measure and document the existing resources and areas of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender inclusivity that currently exist in Evansville and the surrounding area. More specifically, the project aims to utilize a strengths-based approach, asset mapping, to identify (1) existing resources, (2) areas of inclusivity, and (3) possible opportunities for social development within the existing framework of the city. We have been operating since 2014, and invite all service providers in the area to participate.
A Collaborative Community Project