Happy Pride Month
June marks Pride Month in many countries around the world. The origins of Pride date back to June 28th, 1969, when lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons rioted in reaction to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. At that time, police raids on gay bars were a frequent occurrence. Since then, the Pride movement has evolved into a demonstration of dignity, equality, and increased visibility for LGBTQ people.
The key goal of the ILTS Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee is to promote a supportive environment for all ILTS members, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. LGBTQ physicians still face harassment and social ostracizing by colleagues and discriminatory actions in the workplace.
Patients seek our care at a time when they are most vulnerable. LGBTQ patients still experience discrimination when accessing health care, and some are even refused care because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Fear of discrimination can deter LGBTQ patients from seeking care.
Allies speak out for and challenge discrimination against LGBTQ people, even if they do not identify as LGBTQ themselves. Regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, everyone can help to reduce prejudice against LGBTQ colleagues and patients.
The ILTS EDI Committee is proud to serve as a voice for all LGBTQ members, and to serve as their Ally. Please share your suggestions to promote Equality, Diversity & Inclusion within ILTS with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dieter Adelmann for the ILTS EDI Committee