LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2023

Each June, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is celebrated in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. UI Health is proud to join in this year's celebration highlighting individuals and their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

For much of the nation’s history, the LGBTQ+ community has been misunderstood and vilified, subject to discrimination in the public and private sectors. Changing the narrative and perception of the LGBTQ+ community has required significant effort and struggle.

Today, there are several leaders across all sectors of politics, healthcare, academia, and athletics that openly identify as LGBTQ, demonstrating that LGBTQ+ contributions have an impact locally, nationally, and internationally.

Modesto Tico Valle, CEO of the Center on Halsted

Modesto Tico Valle served as the CEO of the Center of Halsted from 2007 to 2023, overseeing the opening of a brand-new facility for the Center. He was also the founder of the Chicago Chapter of the NAMES Project Memorial Quilt and helped with bringing the AIDS Memorial Quilt to the National Mall in 1996. Valle was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1998.

Elise Malary, Transgender Activist and UIC Alum

Elise Malary advocated for LGBTQ rights and worked for the Chicago Therapy Collective, Equality Illinois and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The Chicago Mayor’s Office honored Elise by announcing its participation in the Hire Trans Now pledge, in collaboration with the Chicago Therapy Collective. Participation in the pledge aims to reduce the economic disparities faced by the transgender population by actively seeking to hire transgender individuals.

UI Health is proud to have been named an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign’s Health Equality Index in 2022 for the 8th year. We celebrate and affirm our LGBTQ+ staff, faculty, and patients and are committed to LGBTQ+ inclusive, patient centered care.

Are you interested in learning more about LGBTQ+ Inclusive Care?
Introductory and in-depth training is publicly available at the National Institute of LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center. CME/CEUs are available for many of the webinars and learning modules, registration is required.


Read more about the UI Health employees and how they honor and serve as advocates for the LGBTQ+ community.