Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Mayo Employee Resource Group (LGBTI MERG)

Anthony Cook:

One of the things that drew me to Mayo was the values of Mayo.

Christopher Kohler:

You know Mayo Clinic, we have these rich ties, is really what it is. Your respect, integrity, compassion, healing, teamwork. And to be able to do all of those things and have our patients be the center of what we do each and every day was something that I knew that I had to be a part of moving forward in my professional career.

Jim Luckey:

What makes me feel like I belong at Mayo Clinic is the family that I have found here and created with other members of my community. We call it our chosen family. And to see individuals that are going through their own search for their own self-identity. And, and maybe a little scared and frightened, but to be able to create that framework where they can find themselves and blossom is, is incredibly fulfilling.

Wren Woelfle:

I came out as a trans man inadvertently at work. One of my nurses was asking questions wanting to get to know me and I slipped and I immediately feared retribution. But it was a very warm, welcoming environment. They were very supportive more-so than my family. It was amazing. I got to be myself.

Marcos Freitas Gudmundson:

We do not find very often our organizations that they respect you as who you are, you know, and the look for your talents without having any kind of prejudice.

Anthony Cook:

When I first came to Mayo, I was not out. I was very deeply in the closet, had no thought of even coming out. But over the years as I worked at Mayo and got to know people and know the culture, the climate. I began to see, this is a safe space for me.

Meredith Vandehaar:

Right when I came out, I expected negative reactions. I expected people to walk out. I expected, you know, why do we have to deal with this? I got none of that. It was not just an acknowledgement of my identity being accepted, but it was, we want to know more about you. We want to know how you want to be called, we want to know more about the community. And so I really felt included, not just diverse, but not just that I'm at the table, but that I was welcome at the table and that I was pulled in.

Jim Luckey:

I would recommend Mayo clinic for the individual that wants to be part of a community, recognizes that there is still work to do and wants to collaborate and bring their own point of view to a entity that will be accepting, that will help foster that inclusive environment. And that will allow you to make meaningful contributions not only to employees, your fellow employees, but also to the patients.

Christopher Kohler:

If you are interested and being in a profession or an environment that truly walks the talk in regards to being committed to patients and achieving all things possible for patients, patient care, patient research, this is the place to work for you. From an inclusivity perspective, I would highly suggest Mayo Clinic, it's a place that embraces diversity and inclusion.

Marcos Freitas Gudmundson:

I feel really proud to work in an organization that is seeking everyday hope to our patients, cure, healing. And I feel really honored to be part of that. Their success, to bring so much hope for so many people.

Mayo Clinic provides care in a welcoming, respectful and culturally competent manner that is inclusive to patients of all sexual orientations and/or gender identities and expressions. Mayo Clinic seeks to ensure that care provided to patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) is consistent with Mayo values of respect, integrity, compassion and healing.

Experience and expertise

Mayo Clinic is committed to inclusivity and health equity for all patient populations the organization serves. Mayo Clinic seeks to be a leader in understanding health disparities so that best practices are implemented to ensure patients' diverse health needs are met.

Staff and students

Employee support

The LGBTI MERG works with Mayo Clinic to provide a welcoming, respectful and culturally competent environment to all visitors and patients who come to Mayo Clinic. The LGBTI MERG provides Mayo Clinic leadership with actionable information on the unique needs and health disparities commonly experienced by the LGBTI community, Mayo patients and employees among them.

A major goal of the LGBTI MERG is to ensure that care provided by Mayo Clinic to this community is consistent with Mayo values of respect, integrity, compassion and healing. The LGBTI MERG continues to shape an inclusive work environment and community using programming created independently and in cooperation with other organizations and employee resource groups.

Leading the way

Mayo Clinic's Minnesota campus earns top score on 2018 Healthcare Equality Index

Mayo Clinic's Minnesota campus has been recognized as a 2020 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader, registering a top score of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a civil rights organization, on its 2020 Healthcare Equality Index. The index evaluates health care facilities' “policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer] patients, visitors and employees.” Mayo is one of four health care providers in Minnesota designated as leaders and one of 495 nationally.

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