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.
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.