Basic Rights Oregon is honored to present Oregon Health & Science University with the 2013 Equality Advocate Award, at the 20thAnniversary Oregonians Against Discrimination Business Leaders Luncheon on April 18.
“OHSU, a longstanding advocate for gay and transgender equality, has earned the Equality Advocate Award for its recent leadership in transgender equality,” says Jeana Frazzini, Basic Rights’ executive director.
Basic Rights’ Equality Advocate Award recognizes a corporation, small business, or other organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality here in Oregon.
Dr. Norwood Knight-Richardson and Sue Orchard will accept the award on behalf of OHSU, at the luncheon event at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland Ballroom, noon). Mayor Charlie Hales, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, Oregon Business Association President Ryan Deckert, and other special guests will also be part of the program. The 20th Anniversary Business Leaders Luncheon is expected to draw 600 Oregon business leaders in support of the work of Basic Rights Education Fund (Basic Rights), a 501(c)3.
With the leadership of Sue Orchard, associate director of OHSU’s Center for Diversity & Inclusion and a member of Basic Rights’ Trans Justice Working Group, the OHSU Benefits Council removed the discriminatory exclusions from OHSU’s healthcare policy, making the university – one of Oregon’s largest employers –a national leader in trans-inclusive healthcare.
OHSU’s vice president and Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Norwood Knight-Richardson, also deserves special recognition for outstanding leadership on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Oregonians. It was his outreach to Basic Rights that launched the conversation about OHSU becoming a leader in our inclusive healthcare campaign.
“We are proud of our commitment to the LGBT community and are honored to join our business colleagues in Oregon who also offer transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage,” said Norwood Knight-Richardson, M.D., M.A., M.B.A., OHSU senior vice president, chief diversity officer and chief administrative officer.” As one of Oregon’s largest employers, included in OHSU’s core missions is to be a diverse organization that creates an inclusive environment for our patients, employees and the larger community.”
In addition to its financial support for LGBT equality, OHSU has several resources for LGBT employees, including OHSU Pride, which prioritized ending discriminatory exclusions of transgender people in healthcare.
OHSU is also a leader in providing inclusive medical services for patients. For example, the OHSU Richmond Clinic, in partnership with TransActive Education & Advocacy, helps ensure access to primary care for all youth and their families, regardless of gender.
“For these reasons and more, Basic Rights is proud to honor OHSU with this award in recognition of its efforts to support the advancement of equality for gay and transgender equality,” Frazzini says.
Basic Rights’ mission is to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories. Basic Rights organizes multiple public education campaigns, coordinates a robust community empowerment and leadership development program, and builds long-term alliances. Basic Rights’ work focuses on a movement-building approach in three core areas: Transgender Justice, Racial Justice & Alliance Building, and building support for the freedom to marry.
Recent Equality Advocate Award honorees include Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, The Standard, the Governor’s Task Force on Equality, the Oregon Business Association, Portland Business Alliance, and Bill Dickey, Witham & Dickey.