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Meagan Carruth, Quantitative Associate

We all rely on healthcare at some point in our lives – and many of us don’t give it a second thought; we take our healthcare for granted. But there are so many others who do not have access to medical advice and treatment. The reality is that disparities exist and not all healthcare is created equal. This is the case for the LGBTQ+ community, who face many more barriers when it comes to healthcare. But there are ways that healthcare providers can address these barriers and ultimately start to close the gap of disparities for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Anna Rossi, Senior Analyst

When you think about the LGBTQ+ community, the first month that comes to mind is probably June – Pride Month. But October also marks a time for important LGBTQ+ celebrations:

Derek Bertelsen, Sr. Project Manager (he/him/his)

Growing up as a gay kid in a small Midwestern town – being told what toys I should play with, or what I should wear, or how I should talk or walk – the message that I sometimes got was that I was wrong or different.  The adults in my life had the best of intentions, and it’s just the way things were.  

Of all the toys I had (and one that was safe to play with) Lego sets were always my favorite, a hobby that has continued into adulthood.

Anna Rossi, Director

Happy Pride Month! 

Last year at this time, in-person Pride festivities were getting canceled, and events were pivoting to online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now a year later, and with the number of vaccinated people quickly growing, many in-person events are back, and it seems everyone is eager to celebrate. And many brands are ready to celebrate Pride too – suddenly, rainbow logos are everywhere! 

Brian Cancian (Former C+R Qualitative Research Director) & Updated by Anna Rossi, Senior Analyst (June 2022)

Pride Month is an opportunity for corporations to show their true colors. Every June, a seemingly relentless wave of rainbows makes its way through many facets of everyday life. All different types of families can be seen in TV commercials, marketing emails share Pride Month promotions, and it’s hard to walk into a store without running into a display of colorful apparel and accessories.

Derek Bertelsen (he/him/his), Sr. Project Manager

In the summer of 2020, when our country was at a crossroads where the coronavirus pandemic intersected with the nation’s racial reckoning, I, like many, started educating myself in the experiences of those who do not look like me. I read books, listened to podcasts, participated in webinars, everything I could get my hands on to be a better ally in my personal and professional life, especially to people of color and the trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) communities.

Anna Rossi, Director

Even though the usual parades and weekend festivals had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the spirit of Pride month can’t be canceled. LGBTQ people have been finding new and exciting ways to celebrate all month long. So, what has Pride looked like this year?  

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