Established by Brigham and Women's Hospital in 2008, the Brigham LGBTQ & Friends 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 LGBTQ & Friends ERG accomplishes this mission through the following means:
In 2010, Brigham and Women's Hospital, thanks to an ERG initiative, was one of the first hospitals in the country to begin offering rainbow stickers for employees to place on their badges to signify support and safety for LGBTQ patients and colleagues. Over the past 10 years, the use of and demand for these stickers has grown, and we have heard from patients and staff alike what a difference that visibility makes. One tiny ½” x ¾” sticker conveys a powerful message about our values, and helps ensure people know this is a place they can be their whole selves. Members of the Brigham community (BWH and BWFH) are coming out to express their support of LGBTQ patients, visitors and colleagues.
Watch this video of Brigham employees expressing their support for their LGBTQ colleagues and family members.
The Brigham has developed this policy to support the rights of all Brigham and Women's Hospital patients as part of the Brigham 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.
Brigham and Women's Hospital'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 partner or spouse, regardless of their gender. A support person need not be legally related to the patient. Read the Equal Visitation Policy in full.
At Brigham and Women's Hospital, patients have the right and option to enter their sexual orientation, assigned sex at birth, and current gender identity into their medical record. Employees are trained to gather this information with consideration and respect for the patient.
Brigham and Women's Hospital's "Anti-Harassment Policy" underlines that harassment (including on the basis of gender, sex, and sexual orientation) of any individual is unacceptable and grounds for disciplinary action. Read the Anti-Harassment Policy in full.
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.
Click here for Brigham policies and practices that support the full expression of the gender identity of every patient and employee.
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