LGBTQ+ and Allies Engagement Group


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Advocating for an environment of inclusion, equity, and involvement of the LGBTQ+ community in ACS CAN’s initiatives and campaigns. Together, we are working toward ensuring everyone has a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer.  

About the Engagement Group

The LGBTQ+ & Allies Engagement Group provides learning, strategy, and idea exchange for people that are working to increase awareness and advance policy concerning the unique challenges and cancer disparities LGBTQ+ communities face.  

The Engagement Group also advises ACS CAN on initiatives that impact LGBTQ+ communities through supporting outreach and engagement strategies, increasing awareness, and providing information and resources for specific communities, volunteers, and partners.  

Note: The plus sign represents diverse sexualities, gender identities, and gender expressions which may not be explicitly included in the LGBTQ acronym. 

Meet the Engagement Group

The Engagement Group in Action

PrideJune is Pride month and ACS CAN is participating in more than 50 Pride events throughout the year. The LGBTQ+ & Allies Engagement Group provided guidance and council for ACS CAN’s engagement in events throughout the country to support a community that carries a disproportionate burden of cancer.  

ACS CAN Pride materials  

Register for the ACS CAN Afterparty

Ally-Specific Resources

Pride eventAn ally is someone who stands up for, supports, and encourages the people around them. Learn more about specific ways you can be an ally for the LGBTQ+ community.  

Take Action

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FDA: Eliminate Menthol Cigarettes and Help Save More Lives From Cancer

The FDA recently released a proposed rule that would eliminate menthol cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. 

Eliminating menthol in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars will save lives and prevent future generations from using tobacco in the LGBTQ+ community.


The health-related disparities, increased cancer risk, and opportunities for risk reduction for LGBTQ patients and community.

The barriers to receiving health care experienced by gay men, the cancers that men are at most risk for, and how to find these cancers early.   

The barriers to receiving health care experienced by lesbian and bisexual women, the cancers that women are at most risk for, and how to find these cancers early.

Decades of Big Tobacco targeting has disproportionally impacted the LGBTQ+ community resulting in higher smoking rates including menthol cigarette use.

Contact the Engagement Group

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