Posted Oct. 17, 2012

GLEE members at Oct. 10 National Coming Out Day event
GLEE members at the National Coming Out Day event at UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis Health System faculty, staff and students gathered on Oct. 10, 2012,  in support of the second annual National Coming Out Day event, which was sponsored by the employee interest group GLEE (Gays, Lesbians, Everyone who cares, Employees).

More than 100 people attended to commemorate the day, which was the 25th anniversary of the second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

"This was a great event with the intent to bring all people across the health system together to voice our commitment to the interests of LGBT patients and staff alike. I'm really proud of the way our institution has supported the need for diversity and inclusion, not only on special days like National Coming Out Day, but every day, " said Julie Weckstein, founder of GLEE.

For more information on UC Davis Health System's commitment to inclusion, read "A national call to action to bring LGBT health disparities out of the closet!" by Claire Pomeroy.

The keynote speaker was B.R.A.V.E. Society founder and Carmichael resident Lisa Ford-Berry, whose 17-year-old son, Michael, committed suicide in 2008, after he was bullied and rumors were circulated that he was gay. Ralph J. Hexter, UC Davis provost and executive vice chancellor, and Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis, shared the strides that the health system has made to better serve the LGBT community, as well as the challenges that still lie ahead.

Resource information was available from nearly a dozen community agencies, including the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center, the Sacramento Valley Veterans and the Gender Health Center.