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
UAB Queer Mixer
UAB faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate/professional students are invited to attend the mixer, which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at 6 pm, Hill Student Center, Ballroom D.
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 Hospital designated a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign
August 5, 2016
Since 2007, the Human Rights Campaign has been surveying healthcare organizations on their policies and practices surrounding LGBT patient centered care. UAB Hospital participated in the survey for the first time during the 2016 survey period. On March 24, 2016, UAB Hospital was designated a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign because our employment, patient, and patient visitation policies are LGBT friendly. This means they include language that prohibits discrimination for gender identity and sexual orientation. This is significant progress towards better patient centered care for our community.
Those administering the Health Equality Index (HEI) Survey have recognized that merely adding language into a policy is not enough. Subsequently, the HEI Survey has been redesigned to encourage organizations to adopt more inclusive practices. These practices include increased community engagement, equitable human resource policies and benefits, and LGBT friendly identification practices by your healthcare provider.
In order to maintain our leadership designation, a lot must be done. The survey has been collecting a list of best practices for the last couple of years. Some of these best practices are easier to implement than others. A group of leaders from across the whole UAB enterprise are currently working through the survey questions and strategizing on how best to proceed. The deadline for the 2017 Survey is September 30, 2016. Be on the lookout for survey results in March of 2017. For more information about the HEI Survey and the Resource Guide, visit: http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/healthcare-equality-index.
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
UAB 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.