Fifty-one years after the Stonewall riots that became the original Pride movement, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to protect gender and sexual identity under Title VII anti-discrimination laws. It’s a landmark victory for civil rights advocates and for the LGBTQ+ community, and a welcome cause for celebration in a year that has more often been marked by loss.
We’ve been looking forward to this June as a chance to celebrate Pride, to highlight the services Maven offers that directly support the LGBTQ+ community, and to partner with companies as they create more supportive and inclusive benefits and environments for all of their employees. But nothing exists in a vacuum, and this June has also shone a light on the continued injustice faced by our Black patients, providers, clients, and team members.
The waves of pain and protest that have swept the world in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Riah Milton, Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells, and so many more, have made it very clear that we have plenty of work ahead of us. Here at Maven, we’ve been thinking about the role we play in making this world better for everyone. Our mission has always been to create a better healthcare system for all women and families, and we’re committed to doing the work to drive long-term change and eliminate disparities in care.
Along with many of our members and the companies we partner with, we’ve also been thinking about what it means to celebrate Pride at this moment in America. The history of Pride is intrinsically tied to the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s. Many of the key organizers and instigators of the Stonewall riots and the original Pride movement were black and brown folks like Marsha Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé DeLarverie. The impact of their work is still felt generations later, and this week’s Title VII victory wouldn’t be possible without them.
As a virtual clinic for women and families, we at Maven see this month as a key moment to focus on intersectional support. To us, the future of healthcare is human, centering the unique needs of individuals and families. We believe that it’s our responsibility—and our privilege—to support everyone in our community, to celebrate our individual identities, and to remain united in our empathy and compassion for one another.
For Maven, that means expanding access to much-needed support and care for individuals on any path to parenthood, including:
- Helping LGBTQ+ folks find providers who share their identity and understand their experiences
- Educating our members and empowering them to advocate for themselves in the healthcare system
- Ensuring easy access to specialized and affirming mental health support
- Guiding individuals as they determine whether they want to start or grow a family and the best path forward for their unique needs
- Supporting LGBTQ+ individuals who are anywhere on a journey through adoption, fertility treatments or other assisted reproductive technology, or surrogacy at every step of the way—including through agency, financial, and legal navigation
Through the end of June, we’ll be celebrating, educating, and looking for ways we can grow our own understanding and support. Maven is proud to provide affirming and culturally-conscious care, and honored to have providers in our virtual clinic who specialize in LGBTQ+ care, which is critical for patient experience, engagement, and driving healthier outcomes for families.
“Whole-person care” is at the heart of our personalized care delivery model: we believe in healthcare that takes your whole life, identity, and experience into account.
This month and long after, we’re committed to turning sentiment into action, partnering with more companies who are investing in the unique needs of their employees, and continuing to build upon our mission of revolutionizing healthcare for families. Let’s amplify Marsha Johnson’s poignant words that are so relevant right now, and always: “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.”
“We believe that it’s our responsibility—and our privilege—to support everyone in our community, to celebrate our individual identities, and to remain united in our empathy and compassion for one another.”
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