New York, NY—June 21, 2018
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is proud to be a bronze sponsor of 2018 NYC Pride, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) event in the nation. HSS is participating in the March and will have a booth at Pride Fest on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
"HSS welcomes and celebrates individuality as a core of strength of our team and those we serve, at home here in New York and around the world," said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO. "The LGBTQ+ community is an important part of that, and so we are especially pleased to support this year’s Pride events."
"NYC Pride is so pleased that HSS is marching and is represented in this year’s event for the first time," said Chris Frederick, Managing Director, NYC Pride. "The Hospital’s support allows us to continue to inspire, educate and applaud our diverse supporters in closing the gap on inequality."
The March will commence at noon at 7th Avenue and 16th Street in Manhattan. Approximately 200 members of the HSS family will join thousands of marchers to raise awareness about inclusivity. In addition the HSS booth is G6 and will be located in the G Block at West 8th St., between University Pl., and Greene St.
LGBTQ+ people unfortunately face many barriers when accessing or receiving health care, including discrimination, ignorance, and fear. HSS is committed to ensuring that all people, including the LGBTQ+ community, receive the highest quality musculoskeletal care and service in a safe, welcoming environment.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization in the United States, recently recognized HSS as a "LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader" for the fourth consecutive year. This recognition is based on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. HSS scored 100.
HSS promotes this recognition with information on its overall environment of diversity and inclusion on its website at https://www.hss.edu/diversity-inclusion.
For more information about the March, visit https://www.nycpride.org/events/the-march/.