Walk with OHSU in the pride parade

PrideShow your support for Portland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community by walking in the 2018 Portland Pride Parade. All members of the OHSU community are welcome.

Registration is now closed but you're still welcome to join. A limited quantity of T-shirts will be available on a walk-up basis on Sunday.

Where

NW Couch Street between NW Park Avenue and NW 8th Avenue (click for a map)

Look for the van with the OHSU logo.

When

Sunday, June 17

Plan to arrive no later than 11 a.m. Come early if you would like to help set up. The OHSU van will be in place by 10 a.m.

Please note that OHSU is #111 in the lineup and will not start marching until much later. You're welcome to watch the parade while you wait.

What else you need to know

Marching in the parade with OHSU is an official OHSU activity. Please keep that in mind as you march.

  • Review and follow the parade rules.
  • Follow the directions of OHSU Pride leaders.
  • Do not store anything in the van - the van cannot stop at the end of the parade.
  • Do not try to access the OHSU van once the parade has started.
  • Have fun!
Strategic goals

Strategy 1: Ensure that OHSU's policies and procedures are fully inclusive, welcoming and equitable for LGBTQ employees and visitors at OHSU

Strategy 2: Raise the visibility and support of OHSU and OHSU Pride in the LGBTQ community through community engagement

Strategy 3: Provide LGBTQ education to the broader OHSU community

Strategy 4: Increase LGBTQ and allied employee and student recruitment and retention at OHSU

Strategy 5: Provide LGBTQ employees, students, and allies with space and opportunities for social support and networking at OHSU

Strategy 6: Assess and track the experiences of LGBTQ employees, students, and patients in order to make recommendations on best practices for patient care, employee retention, and culturally competent educational curriculum

History

In the fall of 2007, students, faculty, and staff from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry began meeting in an effort to create a grass roots organization to represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies who make up the OHSU community. The goals were to build a sense of community at OHSU for LGBTQ employees and students, as well as to act as a source of visibility and advocacy for all LGBTQ individuals who interact with OHSU. Out of this effort emerged CHASM, the Coalition for Health and Affirmation for Sexual Minorities.

Since its inception, we have developed a website and a growing membership listserv, held monthly meetings open to anyone interested in participating, and promoted active engagement at OHSU and in the greater Portland community through our participation in the Portland Pride Parade, coordination of a university wide food drive, and sponsorship of various social events. Over the past three years, OHSU has grown its participation in the Pride Parade from approximately a dozen participants in 2008 to over ninety OHSU employees, students, and family members walking and supporting the community event in 2010. Additionally, we collected over 3,000 lbs of food for the Oregon Food Bank in the fall of 2010.

As membership and recognition has grown and our goals and objectives have developed, the natural evolution has been to move the group from an Affinity Group to a University sponsored Employee Resource Group, which aligns with OHSU diversity initiatives and goals and that ultimately supports all within and across OHSU and the community. Through implementation of best practices, retreat planning, and collaboration with the Diversity Advisory Council and other supporters, OHSU Pride has emerged as an LGBTQ Employee Resource Group ready to provide leadership in the arena of LGTBQ employee, student, and patient issues.