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  • Writer's pictureCamille Pincock, MPAS, PA-C

Celebrating Pride Month at Lonerock Clinic

A Commitment to Inclusivity

Pride Month, celebrated each June, commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969—a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights. This month-long celebration began in 1970 to honor the courage of those who stood up against discrimination and to promote the ongoing pursuit of equality for the LGBTQIA+ community. Healthcare should be a safe and welcoming space for everyone, and that’s exactly what we are committed to at Lonerock Clinic. This June, during Pride Month, we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and their unwavering pursuit of equality.

Rainbow Heart Balloon for Pride Month

More than a Rainbow: Our Commitment to Inclusion

Pride Month is more than just vibrant parades and colorful flags. It's a time to reflect on the progress made towards LGBTQIA+ equality and the work that still needs to be done. At Lonerock Clinic, we're committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity, where everyone feels respected and valued. This means:

  • Using inclusive language: We strive to use respectful language that reflects the gender identity of our patients.

  • Providing culturally competent care: We understand that LGBTQIA+ individuals may have unique healthcare needs. Our staff is committed to ongoing education to ensure we can deliver sensitive and appropriate care.

  • Creating a safe space: We want our patients to feel comfortable discussing their health concerns without fear of judgment.

Join Us in Spreading Love and Acceptance

We are proud to stand with our LGBTQIA+ friends, colleagues, and patients. We believe everyone deserves access to quality healthcare, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

This Pride Month, let's celebrate the beautiful diversity of our community. Let's stand together and promote acceptance, understanding, and love for all. Here are some ways you can join us:

  • Educate yourself: Learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community and the challenges they face.

  • Challenge assumptions: We all have unconscious biases. Be mindful of yours and challenge assumptions you may have.

  • Speak out against discrimination: If you witness or hear discriminatory language, don't be silent. Speak up and advocate for equality.

Educating yourself about Pride Month is a crucial step in becoming a more informed and supportive ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. There are numerous resources available to deepen your understanding and appreciation of the history, struggles, and triumphs of LGBTQIA+ individuals. The One Circle Foundation offers a comprehensive guide to essential Pride Month resources for facilitators and allies, including books, articles, documentaries, and online courses. These resources cover a wide range of topics, from the historical significance of the Stonewall Riots to current issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community. By engaging with these materials, you can gain valuable insights and learn how to advocate effectively for equality and inclusion. Whether you're looking to educate yourself or share information with others, these resources provide a solid foundation for promoting acceptance and understanding during Pride Month and beyond

Celebrate Pride Month in Oregon

Oregon offers a variety of exciting events to celebrate Pride Month. Here are some highlights:

  • Portland Pride Festival and Parade (June 15-16): Held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, this festival features live music, performances, and a vibrant parade showcasing the LGBTQIA+ community's spirit.

  • Pride Northwest: Alongside the Portland Pride Festival, Pride Northwest hosts numerous events including the Pride Block Party and the Trans Pride March, ensuring representation and celebration for all.

  • Salem Capitol Pride (September 21): A family-friendly event at the Oregon State Capitol, featuring entertainment, vendors, and a parade through downtown Salem.

  • Eugene/Springfield Pride Festival (August 10): Though a bit later in the summer, this event at Alton Baker Park includes live music, drag performances, and community booths.

By participating in these events, you can show your support for the LGBTQIA+ community and join in the festivities that highlight the importance of inclusion and equality.

At Lonerock Clinic, we're committed to providing comprehensive healthcare services to all members of our community. We celebrate diversity and are here to support your health and well-being throughout your life journey.

Happy Pride Month!


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