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Happy Pride Month 2024!

Posted by on June 5th, 2024 Posted in: Blog
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As we turn the calendar page to June, Region 6 wishes all a Happy Pride Month 2024! We will be posting a new health topic about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) persons and associated sexual and gender minorities each week throughout the month of June.

Sometimes, starting at the beginning is the very best place to start. Today’s initial post is a review of terminology related to sexual and gender minorities (SGM). If you are a health care provider, an author, an ally, or just coming out yourself, these resources provide key concepts and terms to encourage a respectful dialogue.

“Definitions were drafted in collaboration with other U.S.-based LGBTQ community organizations and leaders.”

“Studios and production companies are bringing more people into the creative process, hearing their stories, and creating better films and TV shows because of it. It is time for transgender people to be included in this conversation.”

From the “Know Your Rights” section at LambdaLegal.org.

From the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center

Lambda Legal Glossary

LGBTQ+ glossary plus a search function for words or phrases.

Covers “key concepts and terms related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression”.

For additional resources, many states, universities, and municipalities provide links to terminology appropriate to the LBGTQ+ communities in their locations. In case you are interested in an NNLM class on SGM, check out the upcoming version of Beyond the Binary: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Health.The next class begins 12 June 2024.

As Lambda Legal states, “Remember that people defy labels and not everyone will fit into a definition, label or box, no matter how large we make it.”

Image of the author ABOUT Jacqueline Leskovec
Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN (she/her) is the Network Specialist for NNLM Region 6. She is the lead for the Partner Outreach Program (POP), Network membership and user accounts, the Data Reporting System (DRS), and the Region 6 website. She has been with the Network since 2005. In addition to being a health sciences librarian, Jacqueline maintains her license as a registered nurse. She works from her home office in Chicago. She is well acquainted with power tools and will be happy to bore you with details of her many home repair and remodel adventures.

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