Austin is a weird place, let’s face it and embrace it. But when it comes to the philanthropy efforts of native Rick Cofer, there’s nothing weird going on. Rick has nothing but pure love for the LGBTQ community through an effort to support the sexual wellness and being of LGBTQ members called the “Kind Clinic”. A new Texas Prides Impact Fund study has found that during a survey of 850 LGBTQ Texans, more than half had been homeless at some point in their life! A third of people surveyed admitted to not disclosing their sexual orientation to their healthcare supplier.
What’s worse is that Rick Cofer found out that almost 80% of all existing LGBTQ organizations existing in Austin didn’t even provide mental health help for its members. Seeing this drastic lack of service and care for the community’s members, Rick knew that he had to do something to help one of the most integral communities in Austin. The whole idea actually started from Christopher Hamilton who is the Chief Executive Officer of Texas Health Action. The main way that THA is able to help the LGBTQ community of Austin is by nearly eliminating HIV in total through “PrEP” or “pre-exposure prophylaxis”.
Kind Clinic is not only a name, but it’s also an acronym for “Knowledge, Inclusion, Nurture, and Dedication”. The idea is that with these four elements combined, the LGBTQ community can become a totally safer and more protected place free of fear of contracting the deadly HIV virus. With both free medication for PrEP and PEP (post-exposure as compared to pre-exposure), in addition to free HIV testing, hormone therapy, STI testing / treatment, and mobile care, Austin is going to be kept weird in a safer and more efficient manner that respects all of its members with dignity and pride. Because when the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community is taken care of with the due course of health treatments which it has been so lacking in the past, Austin as a whole will become a more happy, healthy, and productive society as a whole that is less filled with fear, anger, confusion, sadness, or all of the above. To know more about Rick Cofer visit gazetteday.com