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Miami Lighthouse, Walgreens to present free LGBT ‘Happy and Healthy Living’ fair May 30

Happy and Healthy Living hosted by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Walgreens.
Happy and Healthy Living hosted by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Walgreens. Via Facebook

Miami Lighthouse and Walgreens on May 30 will present “Happy and Healthy Living,” a fair to encourage LGBT people to have vision and HIV testing, pharmacy consultations, legal questions answered and get information from community health and social service groups.

The fair will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Miami Lighthouse, 601 SW Eighth Ave., Miami. The event is free, including complementary valet parking.

State Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, will welcome guests at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Steven Santiago, medical director of Care Resource, will speak at noon.

Here’s the complete news release:

On Saturday, May 30th from 9:00am-3:00pm Miami Lighthouse and Walgreens, with support from The Miami Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund, invite the entire community to attend “Happy and Healthy Living” a free fun filled LGBT Fair celebrating diversity. This event invites the community to get vision screenings and low vision evaluations, HIV/STD testing, private pharmacy consultations, legal Q&A and information from community health and social service organizations. The Fair will also celebrate diversity with musical performances by the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus and the Miami Lighthouse Musicians. Complimentary workshops, activities giveaways and demos that include health oriented sessions, such as, barre yoga and sexy fitness will be offered.

State Representative David Richardson, the first openly gay member of the Florida Legislature, will welcome participants at 9:30am, and at 12:00pm Dr. Steven Santiago, Medical Director of Care Resource, will be giving a keynote address on ‘The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in South Florida.’ “The Fair could not be held at a better time, as research suggests that some subgroups of the LGBT community have more chronic conditions as well as higher prevalence and earlier onset of disabilities which in some cases leads to vision loss. The fair will not only address these health concerns but it will address them in a fun and exciting way emphasizing happy and healthy living” said Virginia Jacko, President & CEO of Miami Lighthouse. Complimentary breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Miami Lighthouse seeks to address the health concerns of the local community, including eye health, through this one day Fair organized around health and social service issues related to the LGBT community. With support from GLBT Community Projects Fund at The Miami Foundation, participating organizations include Walgreens, Care Resource, SAVE, Planned Parenthood, Florida Department of Health, Florida Guardian Ad Litem, LGBT Visitor Center, Barre Motion, Cosmic Sex, Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth, Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Community Life Support, and Blind LGBT Pride International.