June 02, 2021
As we just launched our “Proud to Care for All” campaign, I wanted to take some time reflecting on the inspiration behind the design.
*First, I would like to note I will be using the term LGBTQ+ during this post as an umbrella term for anyone in the LGBTQIA+ community. I acknowledge that this term may be limiting, and that there is a tremendous amount of diversity among these groups. The intersection of gender identity and/or sexual orientation must also be considered across race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, disability, and so much more. To me, this "Proud to Care for All" design stands for, celebrates, respects, and affirms ALL forms of diversity for ALL people - inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.
While I love our "Proud to Care for All" design, Pride Month is so much more than rainbow-filled merchandise or re-posting an aesthetically pleasing graphic on your insta-story. I believe we as healthcare professionals have a responsibility to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community this month, and every month. Here's why:
It wasn’t until 2016 that the National Institute of Health (NIH) designated Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) populations an official Health Disparity Population for NIH research (2). In highlighting a few of the many health disparities (1,3,4):
Unless we as healthcare workers educate ourselves and communicate our understanding about these barriers to care and health concerns, LGBTQ+ health disparities will continue on. One blog post could never come close to touching the amount of advocacy the LGBTQ+ community deserves. Below I will share a few starting points but more importantly, resources and references to continue on.
In commitment and solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community, 10% of our profits this month from our "Proud to Care for All" collection will be donated to The Center on Halsted. Additionally, 100% OF PROFITS of our "Proud to Care for All" print + buttons will also be donated – this month and every month. Whether worn individually or displayed in your place of work, these pieces are meant to provide affirming messages to all patients at all times, not just during Pride Month.
The Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ people in Chicago. With more than 1,000 community members visiting the Center every day, the Center on Halsted welcomes, affirms, and celebrates diversity in all of its forms.
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