Alliance Meetings

Note: All meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month, unless otherwise indicated.


Next Meeting:

Please join us for our monthly meeting on February 7, 2018, 12 - 1:00 pm

West Pavilion Conference Center, Room G.
615 18th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233.

Meeting agenda HERE.

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Welcome to The Alliance for LGBTQ Equality at UAB

Where we are making our voices known.
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What is The Alliance?

The Alliance is an employee-resource group of The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the UAB Health System (UABHS), the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF), and the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital. It exists to provide advocacy, support, and networking for faculty and staff members of UAB's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies (LGBTQA) community. Membership is open to all. . . MORE


Social Gathering

February 23, 2017

Join us at Great Wall Chinese Restaurant on February 23rd, at 6:00 pm, for a fun evening. Feel free to bring your friends. Everybody is welcome!! Please confirm your attendance by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


UAB Again Recognized as an LGBTQ-Friendly Hospital

 October 18, 2017

HRC recognition 2017


For the second consecutive year, UAB Hospital has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index as being a national leader in policies and practices that are friendly to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and/or questioning) patients, visitors, and employees. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the educational arm of the country’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.

A record 590 medical centers actively participated in the latest Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which marked the 10th year for the annual survey that promotes and encourages inclusive care for LGBTQ people in health care facilities across the United States. UAB was one of 303 – and the only one in Alabama – out of the 590 respondents to achieve the status of a “2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.” UAB Hospital also earned this distinction in 2016.

“UAB Hospital is dedicated to patient- and family-centered care, and we aim to provide this care in a culturally competent manner to meet the needs of our diverse population,” says Deborah Grimes, RN, JD, UAB Medicine’s first-ever diversity officer and head of the UAB Health System Office of Diversity. “The recognition by HRC is an important step in that journey. Ensuring that we meet the requirements of the HEI will help us provide an even greater level of individualized care, and it also aligns with our mission of providing equitable and inclusive health care to all patients.”

According to the HEI report, UAB Hospital earned top marks in meeting nondiscrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBTQ patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve. The survey found that many hospitals do not have LGBTQ-inclusive patient and employment non-discrimination policies.

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Reception in honor of our Summer 2016 Scholarship winner

August 5, 2016

The Alliance for LGBTQ Equality at UAB is pleased to announce the first transgender recipient of the Alliance for LGBT Equality at UAB Scholarship. The recipient, who has requested to remain anonymous, is a senior in the Collat School of Business. The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000.

The recipient, who has a 3.8 G.P.A, is currently pursuing a Business Management degree and hopes to work in the field building teams. Their true passion, however, is writing, and they have a long-term career goal to write full-time. The recipient, an Eagle Scout, has received many honors from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). During their tenure in the BSA, they have worked to make the organization more welcoming and, through personal communication, to help scouts in need of a resource and a confidant. Additionally, they have also become actively involved in UAB’s support group for gender non-conforming students.

More recently, they initiated an effort to raise awareness within UAB’s Student Housing and Residential Life about safety issues for gender non-conforming students which had not yet been addressed. Toward this end, they brought together several of UAB’s departments, raising awareness and convincing them to take the first steps towards resolving this issue. According to one author of a Letter of Recommendation, the recipient has stated repeatedly “that their primary goal is ensuring that incoming students will not have to go through what they have and will feel fully supported and safe on campus.”

A reception for the recipient will be held on Monday September 26th from 4-5pm in the Penthouse Suite of the Administration Building. President Watts will be presenting the award. All are welcome to attend.


UAB celebrates 2015 LGBT History Month

October 2, 2015

Like every year, UAB has organized a series of events to celebrate the LGBT community this month. Click HERE to get a flyer with more detailed information on the events.


State & Union: Lesbian Families in the Deep South

May 13, 2014

State & Union: Lesbian Families in the Deep SouthState & Union: Lesbian Families in the Deep SouthUAB employees, present and former, have participated in producing a feature length documentary following the lives of several lesbian families in Alabama, telling their stories of pain, perseverance, strength and humor.

View the trailer and learn how you can help.