October is LGBT History Month

October 1st marks the beginning of LGBT History Month – a celebration across the nation that highlights leaders and achievements in the LGBTQ+ community. The original idea came from a teacher from St. Louis over 20 years ago and is now a nationally recognized, month-long display of the challenges and achievements in queer culture.

paint-isolated-lgbtBut why is a history month important among countless pride celebrations and the adoption of marriage equality by the Supreme Court?

The Center for Disease Control’s overview on LGBTQ+ health suggests that stigma and discrimination are hurdles to health that require time to improve outcomes and health the community.

“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.”

At UC Davis Health, you will find lectures, displays, film screenings and events to commemorate this month and expand our safe spaces to promote acceptance. 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. We will have a movie screening on the Sacramento campus along with the annual National Coming Out Day celebration on October 11, hosted by the health system’s PRIDE employee resource group.

UCDH 2017 LGBTQ+ History Month Events

Stop by the Blaisdell Medical Library lobby and check out our month-long book display!

All events are held on the health system’s Sacramento campus.

October 1-31, 2017
Blaisdell Medical Library lobby
LGBTQ+ Book Display: Advancing health education, advocacy, and social well-being in queer populations.

Wednesday, October 4 | 12-1pm
Medical Education Building 2206
LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency and the Gender Health Clinic

Thursday, October 5 | 12-1pm (Cancelled)
Medical Education Building 2206
LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health

Wednesday, October 11 |
DCR Board Room
National Coming Out Day
UCDH PRIDE employee resource group

Medical Education Building 2206
Out in Medicine Panel
UC Davis Gender and Sexual Diversity Student Interest Group

Wednesday, October 18 | 12-1pm
Medical Education Building 2206
Queer Voices

Wednesday, October 25 | 12-1pm
Medical Education Building 2206
LGBTQ Hirstory in the U.S.

Thursday, October 26 | 5:30-7:30pm
Medical Education Building 1204
Queer Film Screening: “Paris is Burning”


Click below to see a list of our past events.

2016 LGBTQ+ History Month Events

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.