LGBTQ survey asks about access to health and community resources in MOCO

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD – A new survey from Montgomery County asks residents who are part of the LGBTQ community to share their experiences with discrimination, access to health services, resources and more.

The investigation is the first of its kind at MOCO, the county said in a news release.

“We hope the results of this survey will provide us with a better understanding of the experiences and needs of the diverse LGBTQ+ communities in Montgomery County,” said Dr. Amena Johnson, the county’s LGBTQ liaison, in the release. “We designed the survey to get actionable answers. We don’t plan to sit on this data, we plan to use it to create a safer and more assertive Montgomery County for the LGBTQ+ community.”

Data from the survey will be shared with various county departments, the statement said.

“Montgomery County is committed to making the LGBTQ+ community feel safe and welcome,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “This survey will provide important data to help us deliver on this commitment. Our LGBTQ+ community contributes to our history, our economic vitality and our culture, building a better future for all.”

The survey is live and will be promoted at the Pride in the Plaza event later in June.

Montgomery County is hosting a series of Pride events throughout June, led by County Council Vice Chairman Evan Glass. Glass is the county council’s first openly gay member, his website says, and he’s been hosting the events for several years.

“As the county’s first LGBTQ council member, it’s an honor for me to lead events that are inclusive and representative of our diverse community,” Glass said during the county’s inaugural Pride Month. “Community members, friends and allies have all waited years to see Pride events held right here in Montgomery County. Being part of the LGBTQ family is no longer just for gay people living in DC; we have a vibrant LGBTQ community right here at home.”