It’s outrageous that, in 2020 in Aotearoa, our LGBTQI+ communities have worse health outcomes than their straight peers.
Stigma and discrimination lead to higher rates of mental health issues and even suicide. And then there are the physical illnesses – STIs like syphilis and HIV are disproportionately affecting our community.
Our gay and bi guys still make up a staggering 76% of our new HIV infections in Aotearoa – the struggle for health equity for our community is far from over.
Exercise is an important tool for mental and physical wellbeing. The Ministry of Health recommends Kiwis are active every day, in as many ways possible, for at least 21 minutes to enjoy the health benefits.
At such an uncertain time in our history, it’s more important than ever to feel connected and look after the health of ourselves and our communities.
So we’re challenging you to Sweat with Pride! You’ll be improving your own health, and the money you raise will help to improve the health and wellbeing of others in our community.
All you need to do is sign up and commit to raising $210. Ask friends, whānau and colleagues to sponsor you, and then get sweaty throughout August!
Whether you’re 12 or 112, queer or an ally, an athlete or a proud couch potato …. we need your sweat! Sign up now and take a stand.
SOURCE: What is Sweat with Pride?