What are Queer Health Advocates?
Queer Health Advocates are trained volunteers who accompany and advocate for members of the community who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, aromantic, queer, or questioning during medical appointments.
Why was this program created?
Medical appointments should be something that everyone can navigate safely, without fear of harassment, discrimination, or violence. This unfortunately is not the case for everyone, LGBTQIA people often do not feel safe in medical spaces. This is particularly true for the transgender community. The 2015 US Transgender Survey found that 23% of respondents did not see a doctor when they needed to due to fear of being mistreated as a transgender person. One third of all respondents in the same survey experienced at least one negative experience related to being transgender, such a verbal harassment, refusal of treatment, or having to teach the health care provider about transgender people to receive appropriate care. The purpose of the program is to create additional safety and support for patients through medical accompaniment. This is a community effort to shift power dynamics in medical settings and promote safety.
How do I get involved?
Fill out the application below. The program coordinators will contact you for a brief interview and if you're accepted, you'll need to attend training on the following dates:
April 27th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
April 28th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
At the UCC (university capitol center), room 2390