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Fair event provides health resources for Tyler’s LGBTQ+ community

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Published: Aug. 6, 2021 at 3:47 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2021 at 11:02 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Special Health Resources and the Tyler Area Gays organization partnered together to host the LGBTQ+ Health Fair at the Special Health Resources Tyler Care Clinic on Friday .

The fair featured booths of LGBTQ+ friendly medical providers and businesses in the areas as well as free testing. The goal of the fair was to provide a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to network with medical providers. According to Special Health Resources, it was important for them to host because they want to make healthcare easily accessible for everyone.

“It is hard if you are on Medicaid to find a medical provider, but our root our core was in the LGBT, we have branched out from that to make healthcare accessible for everyone, but that’s still where our passion is,” said Jennifer George, Special Health Resources communications and marketing manager.

An idea that started with the Tyler Area gays organization became reality as a way to make their community feel more inclusive for everyone. They say that can be difficult for some when it comes to finding medical help.

“The LGBT community also encompasses the transgender community and so they require a special doctor, or some doctors won’t treat them. It is nice to be able to come out here meet some professionals and ask questions and find out where they can go and seek medical as far as also mental counseling and stuff like that,” said Jay Hilburn, the Tyler Area Gays chair.

The Tyler Area Gays organization hopes to do another event like this in the future. You can follow their Facebook page here.

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