The Alliance is an employee-resource group of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), 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 such employees and retirees.

 

We maintain an open line of communication with UAB's administration regarding issues of concern to faculty and staff at UAB/UAHS/UAHSF.

Ongoing topics of discussion include:

  • Creation of an LGBTQ services office for members of the UAB community.
  • Creating the option of indicating a "Preferred Pronoun" in UAB's student database.
  • Making Accessible Single-Use Restrooms available when required by building code.

Read more about the progress made

We have sponsored or co-sponsored several events, such as our recent Symposium on LGBT Health Concerns and our presentation "Legal Issues of Interest for the LGBT Community".

The Alliance holds monthly membership meetings and periodically hosts social events, such as dinners out at our favorite restaurants or potlucks as member's homes. These always offer a great opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with old friends.

Our Mission

The Alliance for LGBTQ Equality at UAB exists to support and advance the UAB Strategic Diversity Plan through inclusion of "the full range of human difference and potential that manifests itself in individual members of the campus community"* including those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) members of the campus community and their allies.

The Alliance seeks to enrich diversity and contribute to a high quality intellectual, cultural, educational, and work environment for all members of UAB, the UAB Health System (UABHS), the UA Health Services Foundation (UAHSF), and the Callahan Eye Foundation. The Alliance exists to ensure the equitable treatment of LGBTQ administrators, faculty, and staff; their allies, and the spouses/partners and families of these entities while simultaneously strengthening UAB's ability to recruit and retain top employees, thereby empowering UAB to serve the community and the world.

Membership

Membership in the Alliance is open to all UAB/UABHS/UAHSF/Eye Foundation employees and retirees, including part-time and temporary employees. The Alliance currently has approximately 160 members, coming from all areas and levels of UAB. There is no membership fee. To become a member of the organization, one need simply contact us and request to be added to our email list. Membership is confidential. The emails from the Alliance will advise you of the organization's efforts and upcoming events, as well as happenings from beyond UAB which are likely to be of interest to our members.

Whatever your interests and concerns, The Alliance has much to offer and many opportunities to become involved. Please join us!

If you would like to become a member please send an email to Dawson Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will add you to our mailing list. Be on the lookout for upcoming events and our regular business meetings.