As we all know too well, endometriosis is a difficult disease to diagnose and treat. The stigma surrounding menstrual periods and female pelvic pain persists throughout the U.S. and around the world. As we've been highlighting in our newsletters and on social media over the past couple weeks, roadblocks are multiplied for Black, Indigenous, and POC individuals who have endometriosis. The LGBTQIA endo community faces these barriers as well, and there is not nearly enough support, research, and advocacy in public health for them. We stand with our LGBTQIA community and are appalled by the latest rule passed by the administration that omits protection for trans patients seeking medical care.
It's past time that the medical community is inclusive at a root level and the disparities in healthcare and endo treatment that the LGBTQIA community and Black, Indigenous, and POC individuals face must change. In honor of this mission and Pride month, we are finalizing an LGBTQIA endometriosis resource hub for the EndoFound website. It will go live this month, and we encourage you to reach out to us with any suggestions for resources.
The past few months have been challenging, and we aim to both inspire our community towards lasting change and create actionable support at the same time. EndoFound's new project, PeriodNow: Because Periods Don't Stop for Pandemics, is bringing tampons and pads and endometriosis awareness to people in need in NYC. Last week we delivered our first donation of products to the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in West Harlem with our newest partner, the Food Bank of New York City (FBNYC).
Yesterday we offered the first class in our new Wellness Workshop series: Mind, Body, and Soul. As we continue struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, we aim to help those dealing with the stress and anxiety of delayed surgeries, rescheduled appointments, and increased pain and symptoms. From pilates and yoga to pelvic health and reiki, our Wellness Workshops are wide in variety and held live via Zoom.
History has shown us, and indeed we have seen it in the past few weeks, that our united voices can facilitate change. We are continuing to work together to inspire each other in our EndoFound community so that individuals with endometriosis get the care they need.
Executive Director, EndoFound