Brigham Health LGBT & Allies Employee Resource Group

Brigham Health Serving the LGBT Community with Pride and Dignity

Established by Brigham Health in 2008, the Brigham Health LGBT & Allies Employee Resource Group (ERG) seeks to create a welcoming and affirming environment not only for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employees, but also patients, families and friends.

The hospital accomplishes this mission through the following means:

  • Increasing visibility, awareness, and understanding of LGBT individuals and issues within all levels and aspects of the organization
  • Educating providers and staff about the unique health and mental health care needs of LGBT patients and families
  • Providing advocacy and support to Brigham Health employees with an interest and expertise in LGBT issues in the form of recruitment, mentorship, professional development, and access to benefits and resources
  • Ensuring that all Brigham Health policies are LGBT-inclusive and that staff, employees, and patients are aware and educated about these policies
  • Offering support, networking opportunities, and camaraderie among employees and staff at Brigham Health who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or allies

Be an Ally

On October 26, 2015, Brigham Health announced the establishment of its first Patient & Family Advisory Council for Gender and Sexuality (PFAC), one of the first of its kind in the nation. To coincide with the launch of the new PFAC and National Coming Out Day, members of the Brigham community (BWH and BWFH) are coming out as allies to express their support of LGBT patients, visitors and colleagues.

View "Be an Ally" video.

LGBT-Inclusive Policies & Practices

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Brigham Health has developed this policy to support the rights of all Brigham and Women's Hospital patients as part of the Brigham Health mission to provide excellent care. The objective is to provide high quality care to all patients regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or marital status. Read Patient Rights and Responsibilities in full.

Equal Visitation

Brigham Health's Visitor Policy seeks to create a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for our patients, families, visitors and staff while respecting the health care needs and confidentiality of our patients. Thus, a support person is any person who is present to support the patient during their stay, such as a domestic partner, and both different sex and same sex significant others. A support person and a parent need not be legally related to the patient, and parents may be a same sex parent or step-parent, regardless of gender. Read the Equal Visitation Policy in full.

Patient Self-Identification

At Brigham Health, patients have the right and option to self-identify themselves in reference to sexual orientation, assigned sex at birth, and current gender identity. Employees are trained to gather this information with consideration and respect for the patient. These data may be entered into Brigham Health's electronic health records for future reference.

Anti-Harassment Policy

Brigham Health's "Anti-Harassment Policy" underlines that harassment of any individual is unacceptable and grounds for disciplinary action, specifically on the basis of gender, sex, or sexual orientation. Read the Anti-Harassment Policy in full.

Guide to Your Hospital Stay

This guide outlines your imminent visit to the hospital in detail, including information on the confidentiality of your medical visit, and your rights to have your cultural and personal values, beliefs, and preferences respected. Read out Guide to Your Hospital Stay in full.

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