Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Pride Month: Celebration and Community

Dear UCSF Community,

June is Pride Month, and during this month we recognize and honor the valuable contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals worldwide in the fight for civil rights. Pride's origin dates to the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues today.

As members of the UCSF community, we must commit ourselves to protecting the fundamental equal rights of LGBTQIA+ people. This year there have been more than 200 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills filed in our country. A number of these bills seek to further disenfranchise transgender and nonbinary people, undermining existing protections for LGBTQIA+ children and restricting discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools. We denounce these attacks and reaffirm our support for our LGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty, trainees, and patients.

At the University of California, we strive to create an inclusive and respectful environment for all people. The UC Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy is one such effort. The policy requires that at least three equally recognized gender options must be available on university-issued documents and IT Resource systems — woman, man, and nonbinary. The policy also requires that lived names, also referred to as preferred names, should always be used. Implementation of this policy is required by the end of 2023 and will take effort from all on our campus and UCSF Health system.

Many of our employees and their families are our patients. Our health system is a national leader in LGBTQIA+ health and is deeply committed to offering equitable, supportive, knowledgeable, and sensitive care to LGBTQIA+ people and their families. Visit the UCSF Health LGBTQ+ Care webpage to view the many programs and services designed for LGBTQIA+ patients, including refinement of our “find a provider” tool that enables you to search for providers who identify as LGBTQ+.

As we celebrate Pride Month, we acknowledge the many contributions of our UCSF LGBTQIA+ community throughout UCSF’s history and encourage all UCSF employees and learners to do their part to create an inclusive living, patient care, and working environment. Without you, UCSF would not be what it is today, and with you, we will continue to lead the way for a more inclusive society.

We invite all of you to join us in celebrating Pride Month. Visit the LGBT Resource Center website to view events, and register for the 2022 SF Pride Parade UCSF Contingent.


Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Suresh Gunasekaran
President & Chief Executive Officer
UCSF Health