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Alliance for Equity group provides active voice, support

By J. Ryne Danielson
Public Relations

The Alliance for Equality (formerly the Gay Straight Alliance) is changing what’s possible at MUSC by providing support, advocacy and a sense of community for people whose real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or alliance may put them at risk of discrimination.  

Some of the group’s recent work on campus and in the community includes:

  • “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” added to MUSC's admissions and student nondiscrimination policies (2013)
  • Sponsored general health screenings, oral health screenings, and HIV testing at Charleston PRIDE (2014)
  • Fundraising of $1,900 at Second Chance Prom where proceeds were donated to We Are Family — a safe–space community for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth (2014)
  • Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” — added to the MUSC's employment nondiscrimination policies (2014)

Upcoming events:

  • Member meetings, coffee talks and social events. Membership is free. All students, faculty and staff are all welcome to join. Beginning spring 2015.
  • Future partnership with Presidential Scholars’ health care policy and advocacy group to advocate for LGBT patients and to educate providers and students on health care disparities that members of the LGBT community face.
  • Safe Zone training: two to three hour sessions about what it truly means to be an ally.  The next Safe Zone training session will be January 30, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

For more information about the group, visit

December 7, 2014



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