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 Support

Dear UCSF Community,

June is Pride Month, and this year it is especially important to reaffirm our support for the LGBTQIA+ community and our commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable UCSF, one where all people have equal access to opportunities regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Since January 2021, an unprecedented number of anti-LGBTQIA+ bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the country. These bills seek to roll back the progress the queer community has made over the last 50+ years and threaten basic human rights. Over 30 states have introduced more than 100 bills and measures that aim to curb the rights of transgender and non-binary individuals. These and other discriminatory and violent actions against the LGBTQIA+ community show the threat members of this community continue to face. At UCSF, we are committed to protecting the fundamental rights of LGBTQIA+ people--including access to health care. 

During Pride Month we honor the historic contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals in the fight for civil rights: locally, nationally, and globally. Pride’s origins date back to the Stonewall uprising of 1969, when protests were led largely by transgender women of color who confronted discrimination, harassment, and police brutality. This legacy aligns with today’s urgent demands for equity and safety for communities of color and demonstrates that LGBTQIA+ rights are linked inextricably to racial justice issues. We stand in solidarity with these communities and the intersectional fight for justice and collective liberation. 

We also acknowledge the LGBTQIA+ community at UCSF, which has worked throughout the history of the campus to develop an inclusive living, learning, patient care, and working environment, and continues this work today. As Pride Month events are held throughout June, we invite all of you to join us in celebrating the diversity and the leadership of the LGBTQIA+ community. Visit the UCSF LGBT website to learn more. 

Sincerely, 

Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer
University of California, San Francisco

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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