Who We Are
We are the organizational home for LGBTQIA+ students and faculty at the UNC School of Medicine. The QSA advocates for structural changes within the school and the health system at large, to support the health and wellbeing of queer and trans patients of all identities. We utilize an intersectional framework in order to better educate the student body about the diverse identities and experiences that queer and trans patients hold, and to better support all LGBTQIA+ students in freely pursuing their medical career goals.
Our group is composed of students, faculty, and administrators of UNC's School of Medicine. Through interactions with the School of Medicine and other UNC Health Schools, we seek to better educate our classmates and ourselves on issues faced by LGBT patients in seeking health care.
Why "Queer Straight Alliance"
You may have heard the term "queer" used pejoratively in other settings. Here we use it to represent those patients, medical students, and community members who may be labeled as "different" or "odd" for the way in which they express or identify their own gender or sexuality. Our group chooses to use the name "Queer-Straight Alliance" to represent the fact that our membership includes a wide range of individuals, all of whom have an interest in better understanding and addressing disparities in LGBT health care and education.