Today and Every Day, the National MS Society Celebrates Those Who Are Affected by MS in the LGBTQ+ Community
June 1, 2021
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a movement by and for every person affected by MS. People cannot live their best lives if they are not honored and included and there’s still more work to do to make that value a true reality. In honor of Pride Month, the National MS Society announces the steps it is taking to better serve the LGBTQ+ community affected by MS:
- Everyone deserves the healthcare they need without discrimination or bias and a provider that knows and supports them. That is why the Society includes the LGBTQ+ community in our advocacy work and will work to recruit more diverse MS healthcare providers and encourage cultural competency training to foster a better understanding of the unique challenges of living with MS in the LGBTQ+ community.
- Interacting with the Society should feel safe and affirming for people of all gender identities, so improvements are being made to the way information is collected from people and encouraging staff to include pronouns in their email signatures.
- Everyone should be able to see themselves and know they belong in the MS movement. The Society will continue to focus on diverse representation of all people affected by MS, including the LGBTQ+ community – in everything it does.
- The Society is a global leader in MS research. To further solutions for everyone living with MS, it is leading the way in the MS research community to explore the questions that need answering about the LGBTQ+ community living with MS.
- The Society has put together a short survey for members of the LGBTQ+ community affected by MS so it can prioritize work based on the needs shared. Take the survey: ntlms.org/LGBTQSurvey. If you need support now, MS Navigators have specialized resources for the LGBTQ+ community, call 1-800-344-4867.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed
between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society, founded in 1946, funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, and provides programs and services to help people affected by MS live their best lives. Connect to learn more and get involved: nationalMSsociety.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or 800-344-4867.