We are a coalition of community-based organizations and individuals working to address the dispairity of tobacco in our community.

  • Find ways to raise awareness about tobacco in your area.
  • Create a comfortable environment for your LGBT clients.
  • Find out what LGBTQI STOMP is doing next!

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Check assumptions. 

  • Don't assume all clients are heterosexual-even if they have been married, have children, or have been in an opposite-sex relationship.
  • Don't assume anyone's gender identity or sexual orientation based on appearance.
  • The language we use can imply certain assumptions - checking your language is a good way to check your assumptions.

Use inclusive language during cessation classes, conversations, and in materials & hand-outs.

  • Use gender-neutral language when discussing a client's significant other. Include terms such as "partner," in place of "spouse" or "husband/wife."
  • When facilitating, use examples that are inclusive of diverse family situations.
  • Use open-ended questions: "Who can support you in your effort to quit?" rather than, "Can your husband/wife/mother/sister support you in your effort to quit?"

Create a friendly space and an atmosphere of openness and affirmation for all clients. 

  • Display promotional materials that contain "We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, language, or disability."
  • The office or meeting space will be more friendly and safe if it contains posters or pictures depicting LGBT-specific imagery such as pink triangles, rainbow symbols, pictures of transgender people or pictures of same-sex couples.
  • Be aware that some LGBT people may prefer to keep their gender identity or sexual orientation private.
  • Respect a person's desire to withhold answers to sensitive questions.

Reach out to LGBTQI people. 

  • If you don't know local LGBT resources, find out. Ask for help or look on-line.
  • Place advertisements in LGBT and LGBT-friendly periodicals and local service directories.
  • Go to where LGBT people use tobacco such as educational outreach at LGBT churches, community events, bars and clubs.
  • Send speakers to meetings of LGBT organizations to announce your services.
  • Participate in the Gay American Smokeout or local Pride events.
  • Promotional literature about your services should specifically state that services are provided without discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Promotional materials can include LGBT-specific imagery.

Be willing to learn and grow.

  • Educate yourself on histories and current realities of LGBT people.
  • Working to be inclusive makes you an ally, and you may experience growing pains along the way.
  • Learn from errors, apologize, and move on.

Ask for help.

  • New Mexico Department of Health Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program at 505-841-5845
  • New Mexico Stop Tobacco On My People (STOMP) 505-988-3473
  • Equality New Mexico (EQNM) 505-224-2766


This Rainbow Paper is brought to you courtesy of the LGBTQI Committee of STOMP




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