Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 1, Issue 2
Spring 2011
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editor, John-Albert Moseley
Layout Design: Nick Appleby

Yale's LGBTQ Affinity Group, Transgender Health Care, & Yale GALA's LGBT Staff Award

by John-Albert Moseley, Program Manager, WGSS & LGBTS

LGBTQ Affinity GroupIn recent years, the workplace culture at the University has benefited from the development various "Affinity Groups" supported by the Yale Office of Diversity and Inclusion. So far these groups include: The Asian Network @ Yale (AN@Y); Latino Networking Group (LNG): Yale African-American Affinity (YAAA) group; and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Affinity Group. The Yale LGBTQ Affinity Group was created in 2008 to foster a more welcoming and respectful campus community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer individuals and their allies with a primary focus on retention and edification of Yale employees. The group is open to all Yale staff, faculty, and post-docs, representing a diverse range of departments and interests at Yale.

The mission of the LGBTQ Affinity group is to create a personal and professional network for all LGBTQ Yale employees; initiate and support diversity at Yale, including recruitment, outreach, retention, and diversity education on LGBTQ issues; develop and sustain linkages with the New Haven and state LGBTQ community; and research and advocate for improvements to policies that affect LGBTQ Yale employees.

Last year the LGBTQ Affinity Group's University Policy Committee began advocating for comprehensive coverage for transgender health care for members of the Yale Health and Aetna plans. The committee worked with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Benefits office to recommend the removal of sex reassignment surgery (SRS) as an excluded benefit. This past fall the University announced that it would remove the exclusion of SRS to management, faculty, and post-doctoral employees and covered family members. Many committee members were involved in reaching these benefit changes; notably John-Albert Moseley (Program Manager, WGSS & LGBTS), Maria Trumpler (Office of LGBTQ Resources), and Andrea Wilson (Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity).

At the December LGBTQ Affinity Group's Holiday Party, Mickey Dobbs and Tim Bertaccini presented Andrea and John-Albert with the first ever Yale GALA LGBT Staff Award for this achievement. GALA is Yale's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Alumni Network.

Through this effort to ensure that transgender members of the Yale Health and Aetna plans receive comprehensive health care, the LGBTQ Affinity Group continues to keep Yale as an "employer of choice" for the LGBTQ community.

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