Celebrating Pride Month at the WSU College of Nursing: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion

As Pride Month unfolds, the WSU College of Nursing is determined to foster an inclusive environment that supports the LGBTQ+ community. By recognizing the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, the college is committed to advancing equitable healthcare and ensuring a safe and welcoming space for all. Faculty and staff have worked together to explore some valuable resources and initiatives that the College offers, as well as highlight the intersectionality between Pride Month and Juneteenth.

BaCE Trainings and Pronoun Awareness

Facilitated by Dr. Connie Nguyen-Truong, Renny Christopher and Obie Ford III, the WSU College of Nursing Vancouver campus hosts BaCE (Bias, Advocacy, and Cultural Equity) trainings, which include workshops on pronoun awareness. These trainings provided valuable insights into creating a respectful and inclusive atmosphere in the classroom, workplace, and beyond. Although the training might be ongoing, the knowledge and skills gained from such sessions remain relevant and instrumental in fostering a supportive environment.

Understanding LGBTQ+ Health Disparities

Research plays a vital role in addressing healthcare disparities faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Reports like the “WA State LGBTQ+ Equity and Health” by the Goldsen Institute (PDF) provide valuable information on the specific needs and challenges within Washington state. Notably, the report offers insights into required services and common barriers to health. Furthermore, resources like Minority Nurse and Gonzaga University’s LGBTQ+ Health Research Guide delve into the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals in nursing and offer further perspectives and potential avenues for research.

National Organizations and Resources

Several national organizations actively advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and provide educational resources. The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the LGBTQ+ Task Force, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) are prominent examples. These organizations offer a wealth of information and can be valuable sources for understanding LGBTQ+ terminology and issues. The recent HRC declaration of a state of emergency regarding laws targeting LGBTQ+ rights demonstrates the urgent need for support and advocacy.d

Intersectionality: Pride Month and Juneteenth

As we celebrate Pride Month, it is important to acknowledge the intersectionality between various historical events and communities. Exploring the connection between Pride Month and Juneteenth offers an opportunity to understand the struggles and achievements of Queer BIPOC individuals. Articles such as those from The Buckeye Flame and GO Magazine provide insightful perspectives on the significance of Juneteenth in shaping Pride Month and the ongoing fight for equality. Additionally, examining the impact of racial lens on the histories of drag and ballroom and the presence of two-spirit and third-gender identities in Native cultures expands our understanding of diverse gender expressions and challenges colonial ideals.

The WSU College of Nursing proudly embraces Pride Month, recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion in healthcare. Through BaCE trainings, research initiatives, and the exploration of historical and intersectional perspectives, the college strives to promote equitable care and support for the LGBTQ+ community. By fostering an inclusive environment, the WSU College of Nursing contributes to the advancement of healthcare practices that honor and respect all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.