Thanks to Core Member I Li for representing i2i and speaking at Rush Medical School for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Here's what I Li had to share with students, staff and faculty:
On Thursday, 5/29. In honor of Asian Pacific History Month I had the privilege to speak with Alzheimer’s disease center staff at Rush Medical School on providing optimal care for LGBT patients and study participants.
It was great to be able to share my hit and run accident story, tell about my continual journey of coming out. It’s great to be in a space with many attentive and allies of LGBT. I had a DO + DON’T list from personal experience and knowledge. As I went over them, I reminded the audience that they’re providing medical assistance, so please don’t let your ”morality philosophy” get in the way. A few things that really stood out to me from the Q + A after my presentation:
- Explaining why it’s empowering to use the term queer, by taking back a word that was used negatively in the past.
- When I might be down or sad I focus on the positive and think of all the things that are for me rather than against me. To me, the cup is often half full.
- I emphasized the importance of telling youth that LGBT are just like you and I. We’re not aliens, but your relatives, friends, neighbors and etc.
- In culture that place so much weight on “saving face”, it is wise to tell your LGBT story (coming out) in creative ways, like by inviting a girlfriend or boyfriend to family functions.