COVID-19 Brings Equality Fest to the Couch! Our organization prioritizes health promotion and health equity for the LGBTQIA+ community, so we are taking COVID-19 seriously and taking our annual events online.

A Smoke-Free Pride Event!

Tobacco use is among the main health challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community. Tobacco use is the leading cause of death in the LGBTQIA+ community. As a stigmatized community, LGBTQIA+ people are more vulnerable to targeted marketing. LGBTQIA+ tobacco use rates are 40% higher than the general population, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are less likely to be aware of or intend to use smoking quitlines. Adopting a smoke-free policy disrupts the long history of the tobacco industry targeting the LGBTQIA+ community through magazine ads, as well as sponsoring Pride festivals and LGBTQIA+ nights at bars. Distributing tobacco prevention and cessation resources at Pride events also addresses a historically limited access to these health services. 

The Rainbow Rose Center encourages smoke-free living (#LGBTSmokeFree) so our community can enjoy living proudly and living longer. 

Smoke-free Pride events are part of changing the LGBTQIA+ cultural landscape so that people know that smoking and being LGBTQIA+ don’t go hand-in-hand. According to peer-reviewed research published in 2017 in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, smoke-free policies at Pride celebrations have led to several positive health outcomes, including the reduction of LGBTQIA+ tobacco consumption disparities. As part of our effort to reduce the social pressure to smoke in LGBTQIA+ spaces, we participate in the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center Smoke-Free Pride celebration. 

Smoke-Free Pride Celebrations in Pennsylvania: Chester County Pride – Doylestown Pride – Erie Pride – Franklin County Pride – Lancaster Pride – Lehigh Valley Pride – Milford Pride Picnic – New Hope Pride – NEPA Pride – Pittsburgh People’s Pride – Pride Festival Of Central PA – Pride Picnic at Knoebels Grove – Readings Pride – York Equality Fest