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WHEREAS, the State of Nevada is proud to join with individuals and organizations nationwide to recognize the 20th Annual LGBTQ Health Awareness Week; and

WHEREAS, this week is dedicated to highlighting the need for continuous engagement of the LGBTQ community on health care issues and education; and

WHEREAS, LGBTQ persons often have distinct health needs and can face issues that reinforce societal stressors and stigmas even from within the health care system, and it is vital that health care providers understand these needs to best serve their patients; and

WHEREAS, we are reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership and communication with providers, partner agencies, community organizations, residents, businesses, and schools are dedicated to building an inclusive Sstate with affordable and quality health care for all; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada recognized the fear barrier and addressed it in SB 109 to impose confidentiality requirements and does not require a person to give information about their sexual orientation or gender identity to get the medical care they need; and

WHEREAS, all people regardless of age, sex, gender identity, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenges have the right to be treated based on their intrinsic value as human beings; and

WHEREAS,  while further progress is needed, it is essential to recognize and celebrate the substantial gains that have been achieved, and all Nevadans are encouraged to reflect on the ongoing struggle for equality members of the LGBTQ community face and celebrate the contributions that enhance our State;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the week of March 21 - 25, 2022, as

LGBTQ HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 24th day of February, 2022

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