JUNE is LGBTQ2 PRIDE MONTH
Content written by Lisa Schimmel, PhD
Each May at Portland's Hollywood Theatre there is a multi-day screening of 11 new LGBTQ2 documentaries presented by Portland's own Queer Documentary Film Festival (QDoc Film Fest). While other LGBTQ2 film fests show a couple of documentaries at most, QDoc is unique in that it is the only film festival in the world solely devoted to documentaries of Queer life/issues. This festival affords a chance for all to learn about LGBTQ2 history, past and current.
Here are a few takeaways gleaned from the 2017 QDoc festival:
wFilm: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
While many folks are aware that the LGBTQ Pride Celebrations arose out of the uprising at Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, they may not know about the stories of two very important trans persons, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera who were pivotal in the Gay Liberation movement and fought against police raids at the Stonewall Inn. Also depicted in the film is the notion that Queer people at the time did not understand or appreciate the contributions that Marsha and Sylvia made for the Gay Liberation movement.
wFilm: Bayard &Me
Bayard Rustin was the driving and organizing force behind MLK's address at the March on Washington and King's use of non-violent protest (which Rustin learned about directly from Ghandi) in the 1960's. A lesser known fact shared in this film is that in order to make certain his life partner, Walter Naegle received death benefits from his estate, Bayard Rustin decided to adopt Walter, as there was no gay marriage at the time and no rights for the survivors of deceased gay partners.
wFilm: The Lavender Scare
It was during the 1950's when President Dwight D. Eisenhower "cleansed" all governmental offices of gays and lesbians in as part of the McCarthy Era witch hunt which targeted so-called "subversives." Frank Kameny was one of thousands who lost his job because he was gay, and subsequently, protested this discrimination wholeheartedly. He had been a Harvard Graduate and an astronomer serving in U.S. Army's Army Map Service. The ban on gays and lesbians from governmental positions remained in force for four decades until 1995 when Bill Clinton signed an executive order to halt this discriminatory practice, making it possible for lesbians and gays to resume working in our government. Frank Kameny, a pivotal gay right's figure, died in October 2011 after a lifetime of activism toward securing many of the LGBTQ2 rights celebrated today.
During this Pride Month and perhaps any month, we can choose to learn about LGBTQ2 history, a history that many LGBTQ2 persons themselves know very little about as this dynamic is often not known, nor passed down from families, nor is it found in our own history books. There is always an opportunity to educate ourselves (e.g., read/watch documentaries, visit Q Center, attend a PFLAG meeting), make simple strides in our work to welcome and honor our patients(e.g., use LGBTQ2 inclusive intake forms, become culturally competent in this arena) and support social justice efforts that expand rights for LGBTQ2 persons. Happy Pride Everyone!
OHSU O2LGBTQ2 RESOURCES &INFORMATION
May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma. The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it's found and treated early. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on. This May, spread the word about strategies for preventing skin cancer and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
Take these simple steps today to protect your skin:
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible between 10 a.m.and 4 p.m.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher every day. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Cover up with long sleeves and a hat to protect skin, sunglasses to protect eyes.
- Check your skin once a month for changes.
ABCDEs of Melanoma:
- Asymmetry: One half unlike the other
- Border: Irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border
- Color: Varied from one area to another;shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white red or blue
- Diameter: Melanomas are usually greater than 6 mm (the size of a pencil eraser) but can be smaller
- Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that looks different form the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color
For more information on skin cancer facts and statistics, prevention, and screening:
International Day of Transgender Visibility
International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.
Please see OHSU's Transgender Health Program website for more information about transgender health.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States.
Sexual Violence is a serious issue and concern for our society and our community. If you experience sex or gender discrimination or harassment, you can report to OHSU's Title IX Coordinator. Learn more about Title IX at OHSU here.
Talking about these issues can be difficult, so please reach out to our therapists if you need someone to talk to by calling 503-494-8665, option 1.
Other resources include Campus Reporting Options and the Portland Women's Crisis Line.
Sexual Violence Hotlines
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network):
RAINN.ORG or 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Sexual Assault referral throughout the United States.
Sexual Assault Resource Center:
Advocacy for sexual assault survivors living in Washington County.
24-hour hotline for Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Megan’s Law Hotline
1 (888) 275-7365
Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center (PFML/CVC) provides national Helpline community support and assistance on issues related to Megan’s Law, sex offender management and sexual assault prevention. You can contact PFML/CVC trained staff who are available to support you and your community.
The Survivor Project:
Advocating for intersex and transgendered survivors of domestic and sexual violence