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Gallery Opening Celebrates Photo-Story Project to Reduce LGBT Stigma in Pittsburgh

WHAT: Acceptance Journeys – Pittsburgh, a photo-story project that seeks to reduce the stigma faced by people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in western Pennsylvania, will hold a gallery-opening celebration to share messages of love and acceptance. The project is directed through the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and is only the second campaign of its kind in the country to address stigma at the community level.
  •  Sarah Krier, Ph.D., M.P.H., Acceptance Journeys program director and research specialist with the HIV Prevention and Care Project, Pitt Public Health Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
  •  Acceptance Journeys – Pittsburgh participants
WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2015
WHERE: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213
WHY: Research shows that stigma and discrimination create conditions that encourage violence against certain people, keeping them isolated and afraid in their communities. Stigma prevents people from accessing information, finding support and seeking medical care. LGBT people often are stigmatized, particularly young black men who have sex with men. Black LGBT youth in Pittsburgh are at increased risk for HIV, drug and alcohol use, violence, victimization, stress and other health conditions. 
Acceptance Journeys was started in Milwaukee and has since been launched in Pittsburgh. By sharing photos and stories of LGBT people in western Pennsylvania and those who love and accept them, the program seeks to spark community discussions that will positively impact perceptions of LGBT people.

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