Members of the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) Pride Medical Alliance (PMA), a group of LGBTQ community and allies, participated in two Pride Month parades and Be an Ally Week activities in June.
“Students and faculty were invited to make safe zone pins to wear, showing that they are a safe space for all people,” explained Sarah Montesa, a PMA board member. At the events the group had a table where they provided information on LGBTQ vocabulary and definitions, as well as tips on how to show support. “We felt that this was an important thing for us to share with our peers so that as doctors, we can help future patients from this community feel comfortable coming to us for care,” Montesa added.
This was the second year that PMA partnered with Open Door, an organization that provides physical and mental health care services, and free STD testing to LGBTQ patients. Club members also plan to participate in the Chicago Pride Parade on June 30, and is encouraging the NUHS community to join them in their messages of “Future LGBTQIA Doctor” and “Future Doctors Supporting LGBTQIA Patients.” So that they can inform Open Door how many will be participating, those interested should contact organizers through the Pride Medical Alliance Facebook page.