Pride Month 2024: Community Spotlight

Published June 11, 2024

Inside OME

Pride Month is an opportunity to elevate the voices of LGBTQ+ individuals and allies within the osteopathic medical education community. Each year we invite our community to share reflections about what Pride Month means to them and why they celebrate. If you'd like to share your own story, please reach out to

null nullEmpowering Physicians: Student-Led LGBTQIA+ Healthcare Training in Rural Montana

By Leah Claus, OMS II, and Michael Ny, OMS II, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Montana

Nearly a year ago, the city of Great Falls, Montana, welcomed Touro University’s newest college of osteopathic medicine campus (TouroCOM Montana), and its inaugural class of more than one hundred medical students. These students arrived from various parts of the country, bringing diverse experiences and perspectives. For some LGBTQIA+ students, transitioning from urban areas to the rural expanse of Big Sky Country posed unique challenges and opportunities. Read more.


null Addressing Mistreatment and Advancing LGBTQ+ Healthcare in Osteopathic Medicine

Caitlin Pastor, OMS II, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – Cleveland

The mistreatment of LGBTQ+ patients in healthcare settings is a damaging issue that persists in today’s society, with significant consequences. Often, these issues occur not behind closed doors, but are observed by residents, medical students and staff. I witnessed an employee deliberately refer to a patient by the wrong pronouns, even after the patient corrected them. The patient’s expressions shifted from frustration to anger as the employee continued to insult them. The employee did not notice. This resulted in the patient leaving the office before seeing the provider. Their chief health complaint was unheard and never addressed. Read more.


Pride in Practice: What We Signed Up For

By Phoebe McGraw (she/her), OMS II, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

In the month of June, we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and stand in solidarity with our personhood, stories, authenticity and all those who came before us.

As osteopathic physicians, we base our learning and practices on the body’s dynamic ability to heal, inherently placing trust in the body’s lived experiences. We seek out holistic health rather than just treating disease. We learn to listen and advocate for our patients. With this at top of mind, being a fearless advocate of LGBTQ+ patients should be our goal. Read more.

Dr. Linda Grace Solis One-ness and Change: Reflections on Pride

By Linda Grace Solis, PhD, associate professor of applied humanities, Master of Biomedical Science program director, University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine

“We are all one – and if we don’t know it, we will learn it the hard way”. - Bayard Rustin

This quote is from Bayard Rustin, the architect of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin has been largely left out of the historical narrative surrounding the Civil Rights Movement. That he was a member of the Communist Party in the 1930s was mentioned as a cause of this slight. That he was imprisoned during WWII as a conscientious objector was also listed as a reason. The true reason, however, seems to be the fact that Rustin was gay. Read more.

Darren McAuley, DO, MMEL Representation Matters in Healthcare and in Medical Education

By Darren C. McAuley, DO, MMEL
Founding Chair of OMM at Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine

Disparities in healthcare are a significant problem that affects the allocation of resources and healthcare outcomes, significantly impacting the quality of life of millions of Americans. Racial healthcare disparities have been relatively well studied. However, despite a growing body of evidence, new examples of both intrinsic and extrinsic reasons for healthcare disparities continue to be discovered. Read more.

Helan Paulose, OME II Celebrating Pride Month: Embracing Identities in the South Asian Community

By Helan Paulose, OMS II, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Montana

Pride Month is a time of celebration, reflection and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community worldwide. As someone from the South Asian community, I have witnessed firsthand the struggles that many face in embracing their identities. Our community, rich in cultural values and traditions, often finds it challenging to accept differences, particularly when it comes to gender and sexual identities. Read more.