This June, MUSC celebrates Pride month with some great programming, including nationally-recognized speakers as well as members of the MUSC family, swag giveaways and of course, Wear Rainbow Day!
Check out the list of programs below. Our four lunchtime programs will be held on Teams. Registration is required. DEI credit is available.
June 6, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Teams
On the Front Lines of LGBTQ Equality with Sarah McBride
Sarah McBride is a member of the Delaware State Senate and one of America’s leading public voices in the fight for LGBTQ equality. McBride made history as the first openly trans woman to intern in the White House, and to address a major party convention, in 2016. She made history again in 2020, becoming the first transgender state senator in her home state of Delaware. Her moving memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different chronicles her journey as a transgender woman, from coming out to her family and school community, to fighting for equality in her home state and nationally, to her heartbreaking romance with her late husband. From Delaware to South Carolina to Texas, Sarah is working to resist the politics of hate and to move equality forward.
June 9, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Teams
Power in Partnerships: How Community Connections Can Create Change for LGBTQ+ People
Meaningful and intentional partnerships between health care providers and community organizations and advocates is an important part of creating systemic change that can impact the health outcomes of LGBTQ+ individuals. Hear from LGBTQ+ community leaders, partner organizations and MUSC care team members about the needs of the community and how partnership can positively impact this important work.
Keona Prude, MA, PrideLink
Teresa Goodman, MS, MA, Community Initiatives
Domenico Ruggerio, MA, We Are Family
Amanda Jones, PA-C, MUSC
Dorian Ballard, MHSA, MUSC
June 14, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Teams
MUSC Student Perspectives: Our Vision for the Future
LGBTQ+ students from MUSC come together and share their vision, concerns and hopes for their future as a health professional. Learn about their unique experiences as LGBTQ+ students at MUSC and how this impacts their vision for the future.
Emily Babb, College of Medicine
Sundeep Boparai, College of Health Professions
Jeremy Franklin, College of Medicine
Alex Humphreys, College of Medicine
Jack Rogan, College of Dental Medicine
June 22, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Teams
Centering the Margins: How do we envision an inclusive transgender justice movement?
This talk will outline recent findings on ethnoracially minoritized populations within the transgender community and discuss other populations that are overlooked as we push for more trans-inclusive care. We will contextualize these findings in the social theoretical framework of intersectionality and show how they can be applied to develop a more principled and comprehensive strategy for transgender (health) justice.
Elle Lett, Ph.D., MA, MBiostat, is a Black, transgender woman, statistician-epidemiologist and physician-in-training. Through her work, she applies the theories and principles of Black Feminism to understanding the health impacts of systemic racism, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination on oppressed groups in the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania, masters degrees in Statistics and Biostatistics from The Wharton School and Duke University, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard College. To date, her work has focused on intersectional approaches to transgender health and the health impacts of state-sanctioned violence and other forms of systemic racism. Now, she is turning her focus to algorithmic fairness in clinical prediction models and mitigating systems of inequity in health services provision. She is engaging in this new arm of research through a postdoctoral fellowship at the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP), before returning to finish her clinical training.
Celebrations and events
June 4, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
The Charleston Queer Adult Prom
This fun event is the sell-out fundraiser by We Are Family, SC’s grassroots organization where LGBTQ+ youth thrive! A great way to kick off pride month celebrations in Charleston, this fourth annual event will provide LGBTQ+ adults and allies a second chance to have the prom experience they have always dreamed of with an inclusive and affirming night of fun— all while supporting a great cause. This event is sponsored by MUSC Health. Tickets can be purchased here.
June 21, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rainbow swag handout with the Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE)
Come celebrate Pride Month with SAFE! Find their table in the Greenway, enjoy the weather and grab some free rainbow swag*. SAFE will be distributing their list of recommendations for how you can support the LGBTQ+ community with tips specific to patient care. Open to all members of the MUSC community. *Rainbow swag available while supplies last.
June 28, all-day
Wear Rainbow Day in support of the LGBTQ+ community
Support the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate Pride by wearing anything rainbow. Whether it’s a badge reel, a lanyard, a button, suspenders or anything else, wear rainbows and be a part of the movement. Wear Rainbow Day is held on June 28 to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, an event that catalyzed the gay rights movement in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
August 10, 7:05 p.m.
Charleston RiverDogs Rainbows Pride Night
The RiverDogs will wear special Charleston Rainbows uniforms, presented by Charleston Pride and MUSC Health.