June 20, 2024

Voices of Pride

This June, we celebrate the diversity and resilience of LGBTQ+ community members, families, and allies. Through amplifying voices that educate and advocate for love and equality, we invite you to listen and be inspired to uplift those around you with understanding and acceptance. Below, hear from a collection of Sound colleagues, clinicians, and leaders representing a snapshot of the compassion we strive for as we bring better to the bedside with pride.

Pride Month
Why is Sound’s recognition of Pride Month important to you?  

Maddie: It allows those of us who identify with the community and our allies to be seen and celebrate a part of ourselves in our workplace without judgment or fear of backlash. This has not always been possible, and it is still not a luxury in some workplaces. I am honored to be a part of an organization that not only recognizes Pride Month but has an affinity group that further supports our LGBTQ+ colleagues.   

Dr. Leachman: I am the proud dad of a gay son and feel extremely fortunate to be part of an organization that celebrates my son and other members of the LGBTQ+ community. Around the country, violent rhetoric perpetuates as people’s most basic identities are scrutinized. Sound’s celebration of Pride fills me with hope and reassures me I’m in the right spot — a medical group that sees beauty and strength in our diversity.  

Dawn: Sound’s recognition of Pride Month shows that Sound champions inclusivity. On a personal level, I feel proud to be part of an organization that cares about families like mine.  

Dr. Sharma: I feel that all people deserve equal access to healthcare. Implicit and explicit bias often prevents equal access to healthcare for sexual and gender minority (SGM) patients. Sound’s recognition of Pride Month fosters conversation and education — a key first step towards addressing bias and ensuring we take great care of all our patients.

How do you show your Pride?  

Maddie: I celebrate by participating in many Pride parties throughout the month, which include activities that really show the history of Pride. I love attending events that allow my community to bond and further connect with one another.  

Dr. Leachman: I am still finding new ways to celebrate Pride month, but more than anything, it’s a privilege to take a step back and honor my many colleagues, friends, and family members, including my son, who identify as LGBTQ+. The LGBTQ+ community is full of amazing people and families with unique and beautiful stories and perspectives if only we’re willing to listen. While I didn’t make it to any parades this year, I’ll be there next time with my “Free Dad Hugs” shirt on!   

Dawn: This will be our first year attending a Pride Month event, and I’m looking forward to it! It’s a good reminder to show everyone in the LGBTQ+ community that we love and support them year-round.  

Charlotte: I usually attend local Pride events. My town has a parade, and our local drag queens come out to celebrate. They were so much fun, and my grandson enjoyed the event. He likely saw everyone as if it were a stage production because that’s what theater kids do — dress up and have a blast with crazy music!

What is your advice for other organizations looking to better support their LGBTQ+ and allied colleagues? 

Maddie: My advice would be to start an affinity group! Involve your fellow LGBTQ+ colleagues and allow them to take up space and feel safe to do so.  

Dr. Leachman: Pride means a lot more than just the fun parades and rainbow logos. At the root, an organization celebrating Pride Month is making a commitment to its partners, employees, and patrons by assuring them of their value and the necessity of their mission. Start with the day-to-day maintenance of promoting a culture of respect and kindness and standing with LGBTQ+ people through tough times. Pride is not confined to just one month. It’s vital to repeat our messages of love, acceptance, inclusivity, and celebration –— whether it’s June or January.  

Dr. Sharma: For medical groups like Sound, education is critical to recognizing the special needs of the SGM (sexual and gender minority) populace. I recommend providing a safe space for SGM patients so they can get the access to healthcare that they need. If you don’t feel equipped to take care of this populace, take some time to find local healthcare practitioners that can be offered as referrals.

Learn more about Sound’s commitment to DEI here.

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