When it comes to vibrancy and diversity, nothing beats Austin in attracting a different kind of people. The diverse population even keep its unofficial city slogan, “Keep Austin Weird”, and embraced it. Austin residents are known for its open-mindedness and their nature of welcoming different kinds of people. that is why a lot of tourists are attracted in the city, as well as people from the LGBTQ+ community.
Austin is where pride months events are held, and it is also one of the places that have clubs and bars specifically for LGBTQ crowd. However, even though Austin is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly places in the world, wellness, and healthcare are still ongoing dilemma. According to a Texas Pride Impact Funds study, over half of the 850 LGBTQ individuals of age 30 revealed that they’re experienced or are experiencing homelessness. Nearly half of the same group also postpones medical care because of financial struggles.
Free consultancy clinics are available, and LGBTQ people opt for these options. However, because the majority of these free clinics are religiously-based, a lot of participants does not disclose their sexual orientation, which can become impersonal and poor quality care in the long run. The study concluded that gay, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people are in need of better access to health care.
One of the clinics that provides healthcare access to the LGBTQ community is Kind Clinic, which is in coordination with Texas Health Action. Kind Clinic offers services such as PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis and PEP or post-exposure prophylaxis. Free HIV testing, gender affirmation care, hormone therapy, as well as STI testing and treatment are available in the clinic. These services are also offered to any people in need of help, regardless of the gender orientation or identity of the person. Services are given for free, but funds are from donations and financial help. Rick Cofer Law teamed up with Kind Clinic and Texas Health Action in order to create a fundraiser event called the “Show us Your Fantasy” Ball.
The Ball, which was hosted in LINE Hotel in Downtown Austin, was held last October 27, 2018. In this event, people were able to talk openly about sex and sexual preference, as well as prevention and treatment of sex-related illnesses. The dress code for the event has been pretty simple: dress up as the fantasy of their choice. There are even prizes awarded for people who dressed up best, which are divided into different categories. All of the profits from this event was donated to Kind Clinic to support its finances, reports lookthinkmake.com
“Show us Your Fantasy” Ball was made possible by Rick Cofer’s help. He is a criminal defense attorney who has been known for his fight against the use of plastic bags that can destroy the environment. In addition, he is committed to creating opportunities to promote improvement and promote a better living in the Austin area. He has been a criminal defense attorney since 2008.