November 14 2016
The PRIDE Symposium, recently held on campus, was an opportunity for students and local healthcare professionals to come together and learn more about the LGBTQ community.
The week of events included a film screening, training workshop, panel discussion, and keynote presentation all focused around LGBTQ healthcare issues, as well as the responsibilities of healthcare providers supporting the LGBTQ community.
One session centered around how healthcare students could care for the needs of transgender patients while another shared the experiences of LGBTQ healthcare professionals being “out” on the job.
A keynote presentation by Devon Ritz Anderson of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes shared information about the Out for Health project, which offers inclusive, supportive healthcare to local LGBTQ patients. Students and faculty learned more about hormone therapy and preventative healthcare designed specifically for transgender patients.
Kayla Douberley '18, a nursing student attended the Symposium and found the discussions valuable for her future career.
“It is so important to have some understanding of gender and sexualities in these fields because the care we provide is patient-centered and we need to be sure we have or know where to find the right information to provide,” said Douberley.
“Just because you might not identify within the LGBTQ community, it should not exclude you from gaining an understanding of those who do.
Another student, Alissa Abbott '17, a psychology and gender studies double major and PRIDE vice president, shared how the Symposium helps create a safe space on campus.
“I believe the PRIDE symposium to be extremely vital to our campus and all campuses for that matter. Not only for awareness of LGBTQ issues, but their specific needs,” explained Abbott.
“Events like the annual symposium, gets the campus involved in a small way to help integrate LGBTQ individuals into society where they can be happy and comfortable.”
The PRIDE and Women and Gender Studies (WAGS) student groups, with the support of the Women and Gender Studies Program, presented the Symposium.