Background

UC Davis has increased efforts for the LGBT community (LGBT is the abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered, and includes identities such as queer, intersex, asexual and questioning) with the UC Davis OUT list, events including Davis Pride and Davis is Burning, and building community with standards in medical records. We want to highlight efforts less visible from our UC Davis alumni and LGBTA Alumni Chapter community all over California and from coast to coast. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally (LBGTA) Alumni Chapter supports those that identify lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and question, and the many allies that support this community. The chapter focuses on community engagement through partnerships with national and international alumni leaders, community organizations and affiliate campuses.

 

Unique Work

Alumni chapters leaders have sponsored events in Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and New York City over the last five years and countless alumni, faculty, staff and students support and ride the Aids/Lifecycle and Nor Cal Aids Cycle, as a way to end HIV/AIDS and diminish the stigma surrounding the disease. In 2014, alumna Dr. Annie Guzzo, and three other same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in federal court, Guzzo v. Mead, asking for an immediate order to end the state’s denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples. Last we’d like to recognize the voluntary efforts of alumni on the UC Davis Health System’s Dean’s LGBTQI Advisory Committee for increasing accessibility of LGBTQI health.

 

Testimonial
“The LGBTQI community counted remarkable successes in the past year; marriage equality became nationwide law in the United States and Ireland; public figures like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner created astounding visibility for the trans communities; and public awareness and acceptance of LGBTQI people continued to grow, one person and one family at a time, at an almost unbelievable rate! On a local scale, the UC Davis Medical Center earned designation as a “Leader in Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign for the 5th consecutive year. Despite these wonderful successes, we know there is a great deal more work to be done if we want to eliminate health disparities for LGBTQI patients.” UC Davis Improving OUTcomes Blog

 

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