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‘Allyship in Action’

Join EDI in Celebrating Pride Month

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“Allyship in Action” poster art

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will celebrate Pride Month—June—with a focus on cultivating and enhancing allyship in the NIH community. 

The theme, “Allyship in Action,” emphasizes usage of correct pronouns as an act of allyship for sexual and gender minorities (SGM). EDI hopes to encourage the regular expression of pronouns in emails, meetings, conversations and all settings at NIH to help support the broad diversity of identities within the SGM community. 

Gender identity is multifaceted and nuanced, and gender expression varies immensely. In addition, pronouns and gender identities are not inherently linked and may not match in socially predictable ways. 

EDI invites the entire community to join Allyship in Action, which will provide an opportunity to learn more about pronoun usage, how to be an ally and where to find resources.

EDI will co-host a Twitter chat to discuss pronoun usage with contributors from across NIH using #NIHPronounAlly. 

Additionally, in collaboration with Salutaris, the NIH SGM employee resource group, EDI will host a presentation by Dr. Erin A. Cech, department of sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on research in the most extensive study of barriers for LGBTQ professionals in STEM on Wednesday, June 23 from 1 to 2 pm. 

Also staff are encouraged to sign up for quarterly Safe Zone training at https://www.edi.nih.gov/people/sep/lgbti/safezone.

Follow on Twitter (https://twitter.com/nih_edi) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/nih_edi/) to stay abreast of news and events for Pride Month. Check out EDI’s SGM Portfolio page (https://www.edi.nih.gov/people/sep/lgbti/about) to learn more about the diversity and inclusion strategy. 

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