October is LGBT History Month

This Saturday, October 1 marks the beginning of LGBT History Month, showcasing the leaders and achievements in the LGBTQ+ community by increasing visibility and participation through events in schools across our nation.

LGBT History Month has been celebrated for over 20 years in the United States, a concept developed by a teacher from St. Louis. This event has evolved through many changes and challenges and is now a celebratory display of queer culture.

paint-isolated-lgbtBut why is a history month important among countless pride celebrations, and now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality?

The Center for Disease Control’s overview on LGBTQ+ health suggests that stigma and discrimination are hurdles to health.

“The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities. Members of the LGBT community are at increased risk for a number of health threats when compared to their heterosexual peers. Differences in sexual behavior account for some of these disparities, but others are associated with social and structural inequities, such as the stigma and discrimination that LGBT populations experience.”

And Healthy People 2020 notes that “over the years, it has become clear that individual health is closely linked to population health—the health of the people and the environment in which individuals live, work, and play. Likewise, population health is profoundly affected by the actions, collective beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of everyone who lives in the community.”

Here at the UC Davis Health System, you will find lectures, displays, film screenings and events to commemorate this month and expand our safe spaces to promote acceptance. All month the UC Davis Gender and Sexual Diversity Student Interest Group will host lectures and movies, and we will post more information on Facebook and Twitter for those interested in attending. Two movie screenings will be held on the Sacramento campus along with the annual National Coming Out Day celebration on October 11, hosted by UCDHS PRIDE. In addition, we will be sharing videos, history tidbits and quotes on our Twitter and Facebook page. Follow us and be part of LGBT History Month!

UC Davis Health System Events

All events are held in the Medical Education Building at 4610 X Street in Sacramento on the Health System campus.

Tuesday, October 4 | 12-1pm, Rm 3207
An Intro to LGBT History in the United States

Thursday, October 6 | 12-1pm, Rm 2206
Trans Hormone Therapy

Monday, October 10 | 6-8pm, Rm 1222
Film Screening: L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin

Tuesday, October 11 | 12-1pm, Rm 1222
Being OUT in Medicine

Thursday, October 13 | all day, Second Floor Breezeway
Celebrating the History of Indigenous 2-Spirit Folx (Gallery)

Tuesday, October 18 | 12-1pm, Rm 2206
Working With the Queer Latinx Community

Wednesday, October 19 | 6-8pm, Rm 1222
Film Screening: Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria

Thursday, October 20 | 12-1pm, Rm 1204
Adolescent LGBT Psychological Well-Being

Tuesday, October 25 | 12-1pm, Rm 2205
LGBTI Healthcare Disparities

Wednesday, October 26 | 12-1pm, Rm 3225A
Intersex Awareness Day

Also check out the National Coming Out Day celebration by UCDHS PRIDE on Tuesday, October 11 from 12-1pm in the Lower Level lounge of the UC Davis Medical Center at 2315 Stockton Boulevard!

Paul David Terry, MNA is the Interim Director of Communications at UC Davis Integrative Medicine and co-editor of the Improving OUTcomes website and blog. He serves on the Vice Chancellor’s LGBTQI Advisory Council and is a past presenter for the Improving OUTcomes Conference, contributing workshops on strateges that reach and engage online LGBTQI patients and communities.