Queering Medicine is a grassroots advocacy organization made up of queer people working to improve health outcomes for LGBTQ+ people in the Greater Lansing area using science-informed knowledge and practice. Systemic, institutional, and individual bias against LGBTQ+ people and a lack of experience in how to serve our communities result in less access to appropriate healthcare and worse health outcomes for queer folx. To accomplish our goals, we build coalitions and partnerships, generate new knowledge, disseminate information, and help address barriers to healthcare access. We seek to move away from the dominant and frequently oppressive hierarchical systems by having a non-hierarchical leadership and decision-making structure that recognizes members’ unique identities, experiences, knowledge, and trauma. Queering Medicine is an inclusive group that is open to any members of LGBTQ+ communities who share our values and goals and want to be actively involved in our work.
Engaging LGBTQIA+ community members to identify healthcare needs
A large part of our work is listening to queer folks in Lansing and what their specific needs are.
Improving healthcare by providing education to community members
We worked for the past two years since our inception to build connections and enter medical spaces to educate and train physicians and other provider staff on respectfully interacting with queer folks
Connecting queer and queer-friendly healthcare providers with community
We work a lot to make sure LGBTQIA+ Lansing residents are connected with providers who will respect and affirm their health needs.