LGBTQIA+ people have had long, complex histories in the US healthcare system. From mismanagement of the AIDS epidemic to barriers to accessing care, from pathologizing identities to abusive "conversion therapy" practices, LGBTQIA+ people have experienced a wide range of problematic and harmful practices in seeking routine and necessary care. However, this is only part of the story - join us as LGBTQIA+ community members engage in dialogue around healing, in/visibility, and moving from surviving to thriving.
Moderated by Anders McConachie and featuring artist, Ari Campanella. Fred Hutch Panelists include:
Panel Moderator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Anders McConachie (he/him) is a Project Coordinator for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) and the Wyckoff award winning COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Network (CoVPN). He has been in VIDD (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division) for nearly three years but has been at Fred Hutch for over six years, and he is currently involved with the Hutch’s Administrative Support Core Group (ASCG).
Anders is the Chair of the Fred Hutch Rainbow Employees for Equity (FHREE) Employee Resource Group and has been involved since the groups’ inception. As part of that role, he served on the committee for the Gender-Inclusive and Accessible Spaces Initiative and has worked to make the Hutch more inclusive of Transgender and Nonbinary employees and campus guests.
He has previously served on the Seattle LGBTQ Commission, helped run a small mutual aid organization focused on servicing LGBTQIA+ homeless individuals in the Puget Sound Area, and is currently involved in general mutual aid efforts in North Seattle. His advocacy work began as a child and continued into his adolescence, co-creating his high school’s first GSA in Texas, and assisting running the GSA at Stetson University in Central Florida where he earned a BA in Digital Art with a focus in Sound.
Led by the Fred Hutch Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the Public Art and Community Dialogue program provides an opportunity for employees and the broader community to be in dialogue about community solidarity and our pursuit of equity in research and healthcare. This program fosters ongoing dialogues with marginalized and oppressed communities that inform our commitment to inclusion, and how we represent that commitment in visual form.
Selected artists will develop public art expressions for Fred Hutch banners and flags that will be informed by community dialogues. These images will reflect the themes, emotions, expressions, history, culture, and aspirations of the affinity communities and the commitments of Fred Hutch to deepen our anti-racist and inclusive efforts in scientific excellence.