Homophobic American Cancer Society Officials cancel LGBT cancer event

//Homophobic American Cancer Society Officials cancel LGBT cancer event

The American Cancer Society’s Pinellas County branch canceled an LGBT-focused Relay For Life that was scheduled for March 21, 2010.  As described by the event’s organizer, Bobby Poth, American Cancer Society officials “ were worried about how the general public would react to an LGBT-targeted event

[and] allowed personal beliefs to play a role in that fear, etc.”

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered cancer survivors, their friends, family and care givers, deserve complete and unfettered support by all of us, including the American Cancer Society. Homophobia is vile and life threatening, particularly to those who are vulnerable because of ongoing health care treatment.   Out With Cancer – The LGBT Cancer Project is our country’s first and leading LGBT cancer survivor support and advocacy national nonprofit organization.  We know that prejudice hurts LGBT cancer survivors, diminishing access to appropriate health care, elevating psycho-social stressors and reducing research into LGBT health care disparities.  To see our country’s largest cancer survivor nonprofit, the American Cancer Society give in to homophobia, is harmful to all of us.

By | 2017-10-19T10:54:04+00:00 April 27th, 2010|Activism|2 Comments

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  1. Andy July 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I worked at ACS and personally witnessed racism, homophobia and other bigotry. Leaders in the organization care most about money, not helping others.

  2. JohnH October 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

    They discriminate against atheist groups as well. It’s kind of a shame, and troubling. Does anyone know of them refusing to help the cancer victims of various minority groups?

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