PRIDE in the Laboratory

Addressing the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ community requires education, understanding, and compassion both at the institution and individual levels. Fostering these qualities helps create an environment for patients and members of the healthcare workforce where diversity and inclusion is both respected and expected. For LGBTQ+ Pride Month in 2021, members of the LGBTQ+ community shared their thoughts and experiences in healthcare, and how we can provide more equitable care for all.

Read the Q&As on this page!




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Cristian Lozano, MLS(ASCP)CM
Seeking opportunities to educate healthcare systems and their employees on the needs of the LGBTQ+ community is a step toward providing better care. Cristian Lozano, MLS(ASCP)CM, shares his thoughts in this Q&A.

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Emma Furth, MD
Without affordable, accessible healthcare, it is impossible to provide equitable care for everyone. Emma Furth, MD, shares her thoughts in this Q&A.


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Julie Papango, MLS(ASCPi)CM
Understanding the diverse needs of the LGBTQ+ community is critical to providing high-quality care. Julie Papango, MLS(ASCPi)CM, shares her experience and insight.

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Rory Huschka, MEd, MT(ASCP)
Working in healthcare, Rory Huschka, MEd, MT(ASCP), has learned a lot of lessons, but the one he lives every day is to treat others how he would like to be treated, and be present for the patient in front of him in order to provide the best quality care. He shares his insight in this Q&A.

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Theresa Tellier-Castellone, EdD, MPH, MLS(ASCP)
Encouraging providers to talk to LGBTQ+ patients about their needs helps foster a relationship. Theresa Tellier-Castellone, EdD, MPH, MLS(ASCP), shares her thoughts.