As we finish celebrating another vibrant, empowering and affirming Sacramento Pride weekend, it's essential to reflect on the significance of this month for the LGBTQ+ community, the unity events such as this foster, and the challenges we must continue to confront.

UC Davis Health at the Sacramento Pride March 
UC Davis Health made a significant impact at this year's Sacramento Pride March, with over 750 employees, students, and their families registering to march in solidarity. Our presence was not just about numbers but a powerful statement of our unwavering support for LGBTQ+ rights and visibility. The energy and enthusiasm of our participants embodied the spirit of Pride, showcasing the diversity and inclusivity that UC Davis Health champions every day.

Walking through Sacramento, adorned in rainbow colors, carrying banners, and chanting slogans of love and acceptance, our group stood out as a beacon of hope and allyship. This participation is a testament to our collective commitment to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Sacramento Pride Festival: A Celebration of Community
The Sacramento Pride Festival this year saw an unprecedented turnout, with over 20,000 people coming together to celebrate love, diversity, and equality. The festival grounds were buzzing with excitement, featuring vibrant performances, informative booths, and spaces for sharing stories and experiences.

UC Davis Health's booth was a hub of activity throughout the festival. Our team engaged with festival-goers, providing information on healthcare services, distributing educational materials on LGBTQ+ health, job opportunities, resume and interview coaching and offering resources for mental health support. It was heartening to see so many individuals and families stop by to learn more about the services we offer and how we are striving to meet the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

Moving from Allyship to Accompliceship
A recurring theme throughout this Pride Month was the concept of moving beyond being allies to becoming accomplices. As we express our gratitude to those who shared their words of affirmation this month, it's crucial to recognize the role of allies. Allies play a pivotal role in creating inclusive spaces, challenging discrimination, and supporting advocacy efforts for change. However, allyship is not just about showing support once a year; it's about actively listening, learning, and standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community year-round.

As we continue to reflect on our own privileges, biases, and comfort zones, we are reminded of the need to consider sacrificing our comfort to confront prejudice wherever it may arise, whether it's in the workplace, social circles, or within ourselves.

UC Davis Health's involvement in Pride Month is a reflection of our core values—respect, integrity, compassion, and collaboration. We are proud of the strides we have made and are excited about the future as we continue to work towards a world where everyone is free to be their authentic selves. In the year(s) ahead let us remember that Pride is not just a celebration; it is a call to action. Let us all strive to be not just allies, but true accomplices in the fight for equality and justice. Together, we can create a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

Happy Pride!

Check out photos from this month in the 2024 Pride Month information hub!

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