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UMass Celebrates Pride

Throughout the month of June and in September UMass Celebrates Pride on our campuses. Each year there are events and programming designed to make all employees feel they can bring their full self to work and UMass can not just be the best place to work but also the best place to be educated. Our clinical partners feel the same as they are the best place to get care and the best place to give care. Please go to our event pride page for the latest in what is happening.

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Rainbow Flag Stickers for your badge

We also now have tiny rainbow stickers that you can put on your badge!  More about the rainbow here. The two locations for pickup are the DIO and the Office of Student Affairs. This is a voluntary "opt-in" program that came about because of the student Leaders of QMass (UMass' LGBTQ Student group) initiative. Once you see the stickers you will want one too! If you would like to have one of these stickers for your badge, contact Jules Trobaugh, MFA 508-856-2179 or visit S1-710 (University Campus). 

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Progress Rainbow Flag, designed by Daniel Quazar in 2018 as a way to be more inclusive! Daniel uses the pronouns xe/xem, see more from xe's website.

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You can introduce yourself with your first name and pronouns, add your pronouns to your signature, ask others to do the same as a way to show that you understand are an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community!

If someone tells you their pronouns, please respect them by using those pronouns. Never guess someone's pronouns, because you may not make a correct assumption. Massachusetts recognizes the gender diversity that we have at UMass by allowing three gender designations. Male (M), Female (F), and Gender-Fluid/Non-Binary or Intersex (X).

How do I know someone's pronouns? Or if they are genderfluid?  It is a trick question - because the only way is if they tell you. The easiest way is to look at their email signature. If they have their pronouns in their signature, there is a good chance they understand something about gender diversity. If you introduce yourself with your own pronouns, people are more likely to do the same so you don't have to ask. If you do feel the need to ask, be respectful. Say, "My pronouns are (She/Her/Hers). I'd like to be respectful, are you comfortable sharing your pronouns?" In new environments, some people may not be comfortable expressing their pronouns and indeed some people do not prefer to use pronouns. Once you know, be respectful and use them. 

What if I am a person who is genderfluid or transgender, how will I know it is safe to come out to my team? The easiest way is to look at their email signature. If they have their pronouns in their signature, there is a good chance they understand something about gender diversity. If you have any questions, or if you are an employee or learner and you would like to come out, the Diversity Office can help make it easier for you (Including name changes, how to talk with your supervisor, etc.) contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office or Jules Trobaugh, MFA 508-856-2179 or visit S1-710 (University Campus).

GLSEN has created a nice, but simple guide to talking about your pronouns and why that might be important in your education as well as your work life. Learners, staff, and faculty have all created an email signature that simply lets others know what pronouns are appropriate for them. Some have even put a link in their signature to the following resource so that others would understand why they are a really good idea, especially if you want to support our trans and gender-fluid friends and colleagues. Do you have another resource? Let us know!

A Safe Place to Talk, In-Person, Email, and On the Phone

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is here for you! We want to hear concerns and suggestions from across the Academic Medical Center from patients, faculty, caregivers, students, and employees of all kinds. The Diversity and Inclusion Office offers a place where you can receive information, referrals, and support for a range of issues without being judged or rushed into any decision you are not prepared to make.  We are here to encourage and ensure you that you are not alone. We have may a project in the pipeline! Please contact Jules Trobaugh, MFA 508-856-2418 or visit S1-710 (University Campus). 

In addition, there is a peer-lead support hotline at the Fenway Health Institute. Trained volunteers are available to talk to about safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, and anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence. The Fenway offers several hot lines depending on your age or concern, go to this page to see all the options.

The Challenge of Invisibility in Health Care for LGBTQ+ People

Despite advances in protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Queer, and more (LGBTQ+) people, (also know as sexual and gender minorities or SGM) that have occurred over the last several decades, many barriers to good health and high-quality health care remain. According to authorities such as the Institute of Medicine and the Joint Commission, collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data in health care settings is essential to providing high-quality, patient-centered care to LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as an important part of efforts to better understand and address LGBTQ+ population health disparities.

Brochure acknowledgments: The effort to place these brochures was begun by Medical Student Joseph Homsi, a QMass student leader. Because of his efforts, our office obtained permission from the Fenway Institute to customize it to the UMass Memorial Health System. We have printed over two thousand and have placed the brochures in over 100 clinical spaces. Each brochure holder is tagged so that the clinical staff can call to reorder. If you would like to have these brochures in your clinic, contact our office.   

The Do Ask Do Tell publication was originally produced by the National LGBT Health Education Center, The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health with funding under cooperative agreement #U30CS22742 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or HRSA.


Transgender Healthcare 

A 2006 study conducted by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation "Voices of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People in Worcester County" identified the lack of access to GLBT-Welcoming health care as a critical service gap."  A brochure was created by the UMass Memorial Medical Center Ad Hoc Committee to improve care for the GLBTQ population. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will provide this brochure upon request and it was adapted from Trans/Formative Health care by Anthony Ricardi, University of Washington - School of Nursing. For a copy please contact Jules Trobaugh, MFA 508-856-2418 or visit S1-710 (University Campus).