June is Pride Month                               

June is Pride Month.  Understanding the history of Pride and how it came about is one such step in celebrating and advocating.  The word “pride” is a key concept within the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Queer + community. Pride represents solidarity to many, a collective and identity. It also represents a resistance to discrimination and violence.  People express their pride in many different ways, but it isn’t up to us to judge.  

Infusing competence and sensitivity into our daily practice can help move the needle.  Of note, is the University of California San Francisco, who in 2016 developed PRIDE core values that have become a part of the University’s mission.  

How will you move the needle?  Knowledge is power, so the first step is educating yourself.  Next, we want to get involved!

Find Pride events in your area throughout the month here: Find a LGBT Pride event in your area.  

Check out the It Gets Better Project. Take the pledge to speak up against hate and intolerance whenever and wherever you see it.  Watch videos from folks who know “It gets better,” or submit a video of your own.

P - Professionalism: To be competent, accountable, reliable and responsible, interacting positively and collaboratively with all colleagues, students, patients, visitors and business partners.

R - Respect: To treat all others as you wish to be treated, being courteous and kind, acting with utmost consideration of others.

I - Integrity: To be honest, trustworthy and ethical, always doing the right thing, without compromising the truth, and being fair and sincere.

D - Diversity: To appreciate and celebrate differences in others, creating an environment of equity and inclusion with opportunities for everyone to reach their potential.

E - Excellence: To be dedicated, motivated, innovative and confident, giving your best every day, encouraging and supporting others to excel in everything they do.