Today is World AIDS day… take some time today for empowerment via awareness
Whether you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or not, be proud of who you are this Coming Out Day! Most people come out because, sooner or later, they can’t stand hiding who they are anymore. They want their relationships to be stronger, richer, more fulfilling & authentic. Once we do come out, most of us find that it feels far better to be open & honest than to conceal such an integral part of ourselves. We also come to recognize that our personal decision to live openly helps break down barriers & stereotypes that have kept others in the closet. And in doing so, we make it easier for others to follow our example.
The Benefits of Coming Out
•Living an open & whole life.
•Developing closer, more genuine relationships.
•Building self-esteem from being known and loved for who we really are.
•Reducing the stress of hiding our identity.
•Connecting with others who are GLBT.
•Being part of a strong & vibrant community.
•Helping to dispel myths & stereotypes about who GLBT people are & what our lives are like.
•Becoming a role model for others.
•Making it easier for younger GLBT people who will follow in our footsteps.
All Next Week BGLAM will be spreading awareness as well as collecting funds for PAWS !!!!!!
In honor of the Death of Matthew Shepard October 12, 1998 and countless other innocent victims........and the one year anniversary October 28, 2009, of the signing of The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law
In light of the recent events that occurred, it is time to make some changes, BGLAM is looking to work in partnership with other groups on campus as well as the administration to do a "Anti-hate Seminar" to demonstrate the significance of awareness concerning hate crimes against small communities....
Here is our add:
BGLAM at AUC... this is our voice.....stop the H8!
Hey everyone, as the current president of BGLAM I want everyone to know, this semester BGLAM will "Band Together" with AUC to help raise the desperately needed funds for PAWS Les Quatre Pattes, St. Maarten's Animal Rescue...More information to come in the upcoming days...Thank you so much!
Congratulations to our newly appointed eboard members: Shruti (Secretary) & Megan (Treasurer)!! With our eboard now complete (Courtney as President & Mike as VP) we are ready to start this semester's activities with a fresh & energized spirit….We will be opening this semester’s activities with our 1st meeting tomorrow, Tues, Sept.14th in LH1 from 7-7:15 pm followed by the showing of Middle Sexes from 7:15~8:30
For all others interested in eboard positions in the near future, 2 of our reps will be finishing up their basic science requirements this semester..so there will still be plenty of opportunities to take a leadership role with BGLAM....thank you to all of or members and supporters!
Hello everyone my name is Courtney Hunt and I’m the president of BGLAM, 1st of all I want to welcome you all and congratulate you on your achievement of becoming an AUC medical student and embarking on a profession where you will have the opportunity to experience situations beyond imagine for the common individual….some of you will be the ones to hold a beating heart during thoracic surgery, some of you will be the first human hands to touch a new baby being born, some of you will be the ones to perform a life saving CPR on a daily basis, some of you will hold the hands of dying a cancer patient as they take their last breath….these are just a few examples which demonstrate how we will have the capacity to influence human life. However, as a physician you are going to be exposed to countless questions that you wont have the answers to, circumstances that make you uncomfortable, actions that you disagree with, people and cultures that you have never know about before…. and yet your patients will look at you as a source of endless knowledge, a person of authority, someone that they can confide in.
The fact of the matter is a typical family physician can expect roughly 4 to 8 percent of his or her patients to be engaging in same sex interactions. With this:
You might be the 1st one that an that a gay teenager comes out to
You might be the one a parent of a transgendered child questions concerning their child’s behavior
You might be the one having to perform a genital exam on a FTM patient
This is why BGLAM is here…put quite bluntly we are not just a group of gays…although those of us who are will own it… but the fact of the matter is the majority of our members are allies….with this said the direction of our organization is we are a resource which is working to fill in the gaps when it comes to the health care needs of our community. So the final question to you is: What are you going to do for those future patients of yours that fall into that 4-8 %?
BGLAM’s First Meeting:
Tuesday Sept 14th at 7pm in the LH1
For More Info Contact: BGLAMAUC@gmail.com
Come Join Us In the Viewing of:
Redefining He and She
Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She sensitively explores the controversial subject of the blurring of gender as well as the serious social and family problems - even dangers - often faced by those whose gender may fall somewhere in between male and female. Narrated by noted author Gore Vidal and filmed in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, Middle Sexes examines the ways different societies and cultures handle the blurring of gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation. Through interviews with transgender, intersexual and bisexual men and women, as well as experts from the scientific and academic communities, the film considers the entire spectrum of sexual behavior, personal identity and lifestyles among people of different backgrounds and cultures. From this, a theme of tolerance and appreciation of diversity emerges in the film.
Hello and Welcome to the Fall 2010 semester at AUC,
For those students who are returning, welcome back, and for those who have just come to AUC, we wish you a successful start in your journey for the MD!
There are some important things going on with BGLAM in the next few weeks and we want you to know about them! Please spread the word about BGLAM to everyone (I mean everyone) and if you are interested in an officer position then please email either Courtney (email@example.com) or Mike C. (firstname.lastname@example.org). So without further adieu, here’s what’s going on with our organization:
1. *Our 1st meeting of the semester will be next week*: The meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. the 14th in LH1 at 7pm.
Keep your eyes glued to this page for updates! We will be giving out the gifts from our raffle, showing the award winning HBO documentary film: Middle Sexes, and will have free snacks for anyone who is on loans currently (just kidding, the free snacks are for everyone).
2. *We will be handing out contact info/candy to all the 1st semester students Thursday (9.9.10) outside the doors of their lecture hall after classes*: Spread the news and feel free to grab some free candy and pens/pencils/Spanish gold coins (: NOTE: this will be 2 days from now...you know...THURSDAY...so make sure you show up to class!
3. *Raffle Raffle Raffle ie. FREE STUFF* at our first general meeting don’t forget these are incredibly useful prizes; a Rohen Photographic Dissection Anatomy Atlas, Netters Cards, Diabetes in a Bag (LOTS of Candy), a St. Maarten survival kit bag (you know the works: candles, bug spray, duct tape haha), and most importantly 2 bags packed full of school supplies! How to get your name included in this free raffle???? Well, just show up to the showing of the documentary film Middle Sexes at our 1st meeting or join our email list by contacting me at email@example.com .... IT'S THAT EASY!!!!
4. *The start of our Ally program: Straight But Not Narrow* – Stay tuned in for more information coming your way next week. Any suggestions or anyone wishing to help are welcome. Also, see below if you are still confused on the definition of an ally.
5.* Reaching out to the Gay community on Island*, specifically on the French side: More information will be made available at the first meeting (so you better be there!).
6. *Dates and sites for HIV/AIDs project available in the next two weeks*. Dr. Atchley has been wanting us to get involved with this for some time. Once we get a hold of her, we’ll be on our way to offering a community service project (a necessary requirement for the honor society among other things…!)
7. *Dates for 'Almost Myself,' 'Transgeneration,' and 'The Butch Factor' viewings will be given at the 1st meeting*. These are some awesome and eye opening movies. Please come out and get some free snacks/popcorn/drinks and acquire some very useful handouts concerning working with these types of patients when you are in your clinical rotations.....don't be caught in one of those awkward moments of silence or miss out on valuable medical information about your patients...we are giving you the answers on what questions to ask, what language to use, what risk factors to look out for etc
Again, we are currently do not have a full executive board (eboard) so if you or anyone you know would make a good officer email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Also, below is the definition of an ally...... thank you for signing up for BGLAM.
Best wishes this semester,
BGLAM Executive Board: Courtney Hunt (President), Michael Collins (Vice-President)
*An ally is defined as an individual who works to end oppression personally and professionally through support and advocacy of an oppressed population (Washington & Evans, 1991), in this context, LGBT individuals. Allies may be prompted to action because they have personal and professional relationships with LGBT individuals or because they are alarmed at the pervasive negative attitudes towards LGBT people in a heterosexist society. Although many LGBT allies identify as straight, it is important to understand that LGBT individuals can be allies to themselves and other members of the LGBT community by actively supporting the needs of their community. *