UK Health Occupation Professionals for Equality

Welcome to our website! UK HOPE is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group for health professional students, faculty, and staff of the University of Kentucky medical campus. We are open to all members of the UK healthcare community, whether gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender; the only requirement is a desire to promote LGBT equality. If this is your first time visiting our website, you can learn more about us, check out our events and meetings, or send us an email.


Announcements and Opportunities

Important announcements and events are posted here. for a full listing of upcoming and past events, please see the events tab.

Malpractice Mixer -- APR 2


Thanksgiving Potluck -- NOV 17


AVOL condom packing -- AUG 28


APRIL PLANNING MEETING -- APR 10


MARCH PLANNING MEETING -- MAR 13


FEBRUARY PLANNING MEETING -- FEB 14

Want to bring out your inner LGBT health advocate? Then join us as we create a healthier future for LGBT Kentuckians one project at a time!

JANUARY PLANNING MEETING -- JAN 10

Please come and participate in this interactive meeting. We have been working diligently to develop an LGBT health seminar that we plan to pilot in February on the health center campus. You will be the first to see it and have a chance to give feedback. We're looking forward to the exchange of ideas!


HRC "ON THE ROAD TO EQUALITY" TOUR -- SEP 22-25

"On the Road to Equality” is the Human Rights Campaign’s nationwide bus tour to spread the message of equality by educating the American public and empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to become advocates for themselves and their families. The 12 week tour will travel to 17 cities in 11 states and D.C., with particular emphasis on the Midwest and South where there are limited legal protections for LGBT people and living openly and honestly can be difficult. The tour comes as a new nationwide poll from HRC finds that Americans widely support LGBT equality issues but more work remains to be done. The campaign will be in Louisville and Lexington September 22-25. See the HRC website for more info.


GENDER, SEX, AND LOVE -- MARCH 28

Marci Bowers, MD to give talk on what science and society say about transgenderism. Memorial Hall, 7 PM. Open to the public. Click events tab for more details.


MEDICAL PERSPECTIVES FOR THE TRANSGENDER PATIENT -- MARCH 29

Marci Bowers, MD to give CME-accredited talk on care of the transgender patient. Hospital Auditorium, 12 PM. Open to the public. Click events tab for more details.

SUICIDE PREVENTION, SEXUAL MINORITIES, AND SOCIAL NETWORKING -- FEBRUARY 21

Vince Silenzio, MD, MPH to give lecture on central campus. Click events tab for more details.

WELCOME BACK DINNER -- AUGUST 21

Help us celebrate 2 years of GLBT advocacy at the UK health center campus! Want to know what we do, who we are, or just want a break from your academic schedule? Then join us. Everyone’s welcome! Click the events tab above for more information.

FIRST MEETING OF THE SPRING SEMESTER -- MARCH 25

At this meeting we will discuss upcoming events and ideas for the future. If you are a regular or this is your first meeting, please come join us! Click the events tab above for more information.

AMSA/GLMA LGBT HEALTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

We are delighted to announce that UK HOPE, in conjuction with the UK Chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), has been selected to receive a national award. The LGBT Health Achievement Award, given annually by AMSA and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), recognizes efforts to advocate for inclusion of LGBT health issues and concerns within a medical campus. The award will be presented at the 2010 AMSA National Conference in Anaheim, CA. Thanks go to all of our supporters and the passion they share.

PRE-HEALTH EVENT -- DECEMBER 10

We are hosting the first of many gatherings for LGBT and ally pre-health students who would like to learn what it takes to become a dental, public health, nursing, medical, pharmacy, or health sciences student at UK. Representatives from various colleges will be on hand to meet and greet, and food will be provided. All undergraduates who are thinking about a health career are invited to stop by. See the events page for more details. Please RSVP to klguer3@email.uky.edu for food, or bring a snack.

OUT AND ABOUT FUNDRAISER -- NOVEMBER 14

The "Out and About" fundraiser, organized by the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, is being held at the State Historic Theater in Elizabethtown, KY November 14th. It looks like a lot of fun and is supporting a great cause. Tickets are $50.00, which includes food. Cocktail attire is appropriate. For ease and safety, a limo has been arranged that will be leaving Lexington from Pulse on Short Street that evening. For all the details, visit the Kentucky Fairness Alliance website.

NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY FESTIVITIES -- OCTOBER 9

National Coming Out Day is October 9, and the Student Center on the main undergraduate campus is hosting numerous festivities throughout the day--as organized by the undergraduate LGBT organizations, including UK GSA and UK OUTsource. UK HOPE will be tabling and needs volunteers to help out (see Events tab for more information). Should be great fun for any supporters who have time to make it down to the central campus!

FIRST MEETING OF THE NEW SEMESTER -- SEPTEMBER 1

Please join us for our planning meeting for the upcoming year. The format will be open discussion, with an emphasis on better defining our mission and goals--a great event for those who want to influence the future of UK HOPE and LGBT health care. If you have ideas and want to help out, but don't know how, this is the meeting to attend!

JustFundKY FUNDRAISING EVENT

The 2009 JustFundKY fund-raising event will be a “funky, fun reunion” for Kentucky’s LGBT community and allies. One of our supporters has graciously contributed to JustFundKY on behalf of UK HOPE. Held at the Kentucky Horse Park with great company and live entertainment, the event promises to be a blast--and for a worthy cause. Supporters interested in attending the annual festivities should check the events page for details and email us at uk.lgbta@gmail.com. Also, be sure to check out the JustFundKY website.

WELCOME DINNER A SUCCESS

Our pictures have been posted! Numerous faculty, students, staff, newcomers and regulars attended our Welcome Dinner to show support for UK HOPE. Great food and great company made the event a resounding success that we hope will inspire future activities. Profuse thanks to everyone who came, to the wonderful people who helped to organize the event, and to all our supporters who make this group what it is!

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

UK HOPE supporters had the pleasure of participating in the Student Organization Fair held each year at the College of Medicine for incoming medical students. We enjoyed a fantastic response. Be sure to check out our photos!

T-SHIRTS FOR SALE



Why pay dues when you can get an awesome T-shirt? Help us raise funds for the upcoming year, and check out the new UK HOPE T-shirt. Printed on ultra-soft lightweight cotton. $20/ea. Available in XS-3XL. E-mail us your order now!

WELCOME DINNER -- AUGUST 22, 2009 -- SAVE THE DATE!


The Welcome Dinner date has formally been established as August 22nd at 7:00 pm. The dinner will be hosted near downtown Lexington and will be a potluck format. All are welcome, and all supporters should feel free to stop by or bring their favorite dish and enjoy the food, company, music, and perhaps even dancing! Details regarding address and directions will follow as the date draws closer. Until then, RSVP by joining the facebook event or by sending us an email. Please indicate any guests or food preferences.

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP!


A Facebook group for UK HOPE has been created, and we invite all UK HOPE supporters to join. The group is open to all, so please invite your friends and others who support our cause. In the future, the group may be used as a means of reaching supporters and RSVPing for certain events, such as the upcoming Welcome Dinner. For those who do not have Facebook accounts, rest assured that all events will also be heavily advertised through the listserv and website.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES   


We have a core group of enthusiastic advocates for LGBT issues; however, we are looking to catalyze our forward momentum with student leadership. To better address the needs of all six of UK's health profession colleges, we need greater student involvement and leadership. If you are motivated to join the UK HOPE leadership, or simply want to help us improve the LGBT climate, we welcome your support! Please check out our leadership flyer or send us an email.

LGBT HEART SCHOLARSHIP


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Education and Research Trust (LGBT HEART) is currently accepting scholarship applications. The LGBT HEART Scholarship Fund for the Health Professions seeks to promote the health and well-being of the LGBT community through the support of scholarship and research. Single-year scholarships are available on an annual basis to “out” LGBT students pursuing advanced (Masters level or higher) degrees in the health professions. Award recipients, known as HEART Scholars, are selected based on a combination of need and merit-based factors. More information, including selection criteria and application materials may be found at their website. Applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by June 30, 2009.

CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS


The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), is accepting proposals for research on lesbian health. Founded in 1992, LHF has given more than $500,000 to fund lesbian health research. LHF's mission is to improve the health of lesbians and their families through investigation and research. LHF is especially interested in applications that address the diversity of sexual minority women's communities and studies of health promotion and health improvement in lesbian and bisexual women, as well as studies that are potentially publishable and which are conducted as first steps toward larger grant applications. The spring grant cycle has just completed, and proposals for the fall cycle are due October 15. Grants range from $500 to $10,000. More information may be found here.




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