From the office of Dr. Carlos Smith, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the VCU School of Dentistry.

Continuing on our path towards a more inclusive School of Dentistry, we wanted to take a moment to both reflect  and celebrate PRIDE and the recognition of our LGBTQ+ community members – patients, students, staff and faculty.

We invite you to participate in the upcoming American Dental Association sponsored Amplifying Voices: An Open Forum on LGBTQ+ Community and the Dental Profession on  Wednesday June 23 at 8 pm EST. You can register and learn more here.

  • PRIDE Month initially began in recognition of the Stonewall Uprising in 1969. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. Learn more here.

Loud and Proud – Speaking out against inequality, discrimination and their inextricable link to health disparities and inequities is something each of us could turn up the volume on. Here are a few resources we should all be familiar with to better care for our patients and to understand the lived experience of our LGBT+ friends and colleagues. 

Want more information on pronouns?

Gender Pronouns: A Provider’s Guide to Referring to Transgender Patients

Pronouns and Advocacy in Medicine

The inclusivity trap? Asking patients for their pronouns helps us treat them — unless they shut down

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