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The NM Champion Network’s LGBTQ Chapter in co-sponsorship with the Feinberg Office of Diversity and Inclusion invite you to participate in virtual panels, presentations and volunteer opportunities throughout the month of June. All the events are listed below! 

Don’t forget to follow @northwesternmedicine on Instagram to meet NM employees who identify as LGBTQIA+ and learn how their experience translates into better patient care. You can also show your pride by uploading photos and videos to your personal social media account with the hashtag #NMBetter. Visit nm.org/MediaConsent for terms and conditions. Remember: Masks and appropriate PPE must be worn. 

Virtual Panel: LGBTQ Community Partner Panel Discussion
Wednesday, June 9, noon to 1 p.m. CST via Microsoft Teams - Join live event
This panel discussion includes community organizations to discuss recent legislative changes that impact the LGBTQ community, with a focus on employment and healthcare access.

In-Person Volunteer Opportunity: Woodstock Pride Festival
Sunday, June 13, various times, 121 West Van Buren, Woodstock, IL 60098
Volunteer in a numbers of roles such as set up, intersection directors, entertainment runners, parade posse and more to support the festival in Woodstock Square. Social distancing and masks will be required.

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to [email protected] to confirm your spot.

Virtual Presentation: A Candid Conversation With Mama Gloria, Legendary Trans Activist  
Friday, June 18, noon to 1 p.m. CST, via Microsoft Teams - Join live event
This event will be a conversation with Gloria Allen, better known as Mama Gloria, a Black transgender woman from Chicago who is a leader in her community. 

The discussion will focus on how to provide inclusive care in an affirming way to transgender patients, her involvement in the community to help trans-youth, and her point of view on the intersectionality of race and gender minorities in health care and the workplace.  

Virtual Presentation: Practical Communication for Gender Affirming Healthcare
Wednesday, June 30, noon to 1 p.m. CST, via Microsoft Teams - Join live event
Working with transgender and non-binary people (TGNB) requires an awareness of the unique barriers that they face when seeking health care. This training will be presented by Sue Jordan, MD, PhD, plastic surgeon and medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways Program, and Nikk Selik, Chicago-based transgender expert, and will support clinical staff in understanding best practices of gender affirming communication in order to create a welcoming and inclusive clinical environment for TGNB patients.

As we celebrate Pride month, we want to make you aware of the OutList, which is a public and voluntary listing that Feinberg members who identify as LGBTQ+ can join as well as the AllyList for Feinberg members who support and promote the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ community members. In addition, we invite you to learn more about the Out Network, a Chicago campus- and affiliate-wide networking group for LGBTQ+ identified individuals and allies sponsored by the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Happy Pride Month!