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Equality California Institute Launches Opioid and Substance Use Campaign, The Real Impact
LGBTQ+ people are twice as likely to experience substance use disorders compared to their peers.
March 21, 2024 at 11:08 am

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March 21, 2024

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (213) 355-3057/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES — Equality California Institute, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced today the launch of The Real Impact — a groundbreaking campaign aimed at expanding access to opioid and substance harm reduction treatment and resources.

At the heart of this campaign is a short film featuring community leaders Lana Patel and Seraiyeh Versai courageously sharing their personal journeys with opioid and substance use. In addition, the launch of an Opioid and Substance Resource Center is now available on Equality California Institute’s Health Hub — a resource that recently served thousands of LGBTQ+ people and community organizations during the COVID pandemic and MPOX outbreaks.

“Substance use disorders have been unfairly discriminated against in society, especially within LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Equality California Institute recognizes the critical need to address substance use disorders to ensure folks receive the culturally sensitive support and resources they need to thrive,” said Mallery Jenna Robinson, Associate Program Director.

Alongside this campaign, is an expansion of the LGBTQ+ 101 Service Provider Training to reflect the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ people within the issue and provide the necessary tools to service providers to deliver culturally competent and affirming care.

For more information, please visit health.eqca.org/opioids.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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