Community Leaders, Healthcare Providers at Seattle PrideFest 2014

Seattle PrideFest 2014 attracted community leaders and local health care providers on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Seattle PrideFest 2014

Over 130,000 people and organizations supporting them attended Seattle PrideFest 2014.

Grand Marshall George Takei welcomed over 130,000 individuals to Seattle Pridefest 2014. Community Grand Marshalls included Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and his partner, Michael Shiosaki; Washington State Justice Mary Yu; and King County Executive Dow Constantine and his wife.

Among the health care organizations in attendance, were Group Health Cooperative, the YMCA, UW Medicine, Regence, King County Public Health, and the Madison Clinic. Many were recognized for delivering healthcare to marginalized LGBTQ populations.

Group Health Cooperative and Group Health Physicians each scored 100 on on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index, which monitors how well employees, consumers, and investors view organizations as fostering healthy LGBTQ work environments. Read more here about Group Health’s initiative in delivering LGBTQ health services.

UW Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Group Health were also recognized as a leader on the HRC’s 2013 Healthcare Equality Index in areas such as patient non-discrimination, visitation, employment non-discrimination, and training.

YMCA stood out with their long history of helping marginalized LGBTQ youth and young adult populations with housing, health, employment, and education opportunities. You can view their 2013 annual report here.

King County Public Health’s work on STI education, testing access, and public health disparities was also recognized.

The Harborview Madison Clinic was specially recognized for its role in providing medical care and social services for persons living with HIV/AIDS regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or ability to pay.