Campus Messages

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

Protecting LGBTQ Rights

Dear UCSF Community,

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects all Americans from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This is a resounding affirmation of our belief that there is no place for discrimination of any kind in our society. 

June is Pride Month and even as we celebrate this victory for equality and dignity in the workplace, we also strongly denounce the Trump administration’s action on Friday to repeal protections for transgender patients against discrimination when seeking health care. This is directly at odds with UCSF’s core commitment to providing unbiased, equitable, and welcoming patient care for all, including transgender and non-binary people, and all LGBTQ individuals.

In California, where state laws prohibit many forms of LGBTQ discrimination, the impact of the rollback will largely have no impact. In 28 other states, however, the repeal of this protection will leave transgender individuals exposed to discrimination in health care.

At UCSF, we must continue pursuing our decades-long work of championing equity and the rights of all members of the LGBTQ community. Klint Jaramillo, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center is working to support and raise the visibility of the LGBTQ community through advocacy, education, training and, recently, by championing a pronouns campaign to increase awareness about using everyone's correct gender pronouns at UCSF. We are grateful for the commitment and legacy of the UCSF community’s collective efforts, which include the UCSF LGBTQ Committee’s ongoing work to address the interests of its constituencies, and promote the visibility, inclusion, and equity of the LGBTQ community.

Today, our groundbreaking Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, the first such initiative in the country established in 2009, continues to develop and implement programs that are informed by, and for, our LGBTQ community. Now under the leadership of Associate Professor Jae Sevelius, the center takes a holistic view of health to address severe stigma, discrimination, alienation, poverty, and victimization that affect transgender individuals.

UCSF Health’s multidisciplinary Transgender Care Program, led by Associate Professor Maddie Deutsch, aims to break down barriers to accessing primary health care and equips providers and health systems with the tools and knowledge to meet the needs of transgender and gender nonconforming patients. Its guidelines have informed providers and policymakers across the nation and around the world.

Our latest initiative is the new UCSF Health Practice Improvement Committee, which was created by President and CEO Mark Laret to optimize care for LGBTQ people and their families. Under Shane Snowdon’s leadership, the Committee is actively working to expand LGBTQ education for staff, support transgender and non-binary patients and employees, broaden patient feedback-gathering, facilitate identification of LGBTQ-knowledgeable health care providers, and deepen engagement with LGBTQ communities in the Bay Area.

Protecting the rights of LGBTQ people, in health care and beyond, is a proud and growing legacy at UCSF. But as the repeal of transgender rights reminds us, there is more work to be done. As Pride Month celebrations continue throughout June, we invite all of you to join us in celebrating diversity and the ongoing leadership of the LGBTQ community.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

J. Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor – Office of Diversity and Outreach
Chief Diversity Officer
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care

Mark R. Laret
President and Chief Executive Officer
UCSF Health