As we celebrate our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community during Pride Month, let’s also recognize the ongoing fight to ensure equity and to overcome mistreatment, oppression, and marginalization.
Pride Month takes place each June to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising, which occurred in June of 1969 and was a key tipping point in the gay rights movement. In the more than 50 years since, barriers have been removed as a result of advocacy, perseverance, and sacrifice by many, but, we can all commit to the individual actions necessary to create work and learning environments that promote self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility that extends beyond this month of recognition.
As a school of medicine and a healthcare organization, we must also continue to work to ensure equity in access and care for the LGBTQ+ patient community we serve in North Carolina. We must also work to create an inclusive culture for our team members and students. Throughout June, multiple events have been planned throughout UNC Health to celebrate the incredible contributions of our LGBTQ+ community and provide continuing education on ensuring a respectful and equitable environment for LGBTQ+ co-workers and patients.
– Aleyah Pryor-Pankey and Nate Thomas
Pride Month 2022 Programs Include:
PRIDE Walk | June 14, Tuesday
Please join us on the PRIDE Walk – Front lawn, UNC Memorial Hospital
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
PRIDE Walk | June 21, Tuesday
Please join us for the Pride Walk at REX to celebrate Pride Month. Thank you!- Front lawn, UNC REX Heart & Vascular Hospital
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
LEADERSHIP Connections June 23, Thursday
This session is the second LGBTQ Pride Month Leadership Connection. It is a general discussion about being out and proud as part of the LGBTQ community and a leader at UNC. When leaders are out and proud, LGBTQ+ employees feel supported, heard, and see that they can have a career at UNC Health.
The actions and words of leaders set the culture in the workplace, so speaking out about their experiences supports teammates who are part of the LGBTQ community.
Noon – 1 p.m.
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