Today, May 17 is “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia”. We celebrate the proud resistance and long struggle for basic rights waged by LBGTQIA2S+ activists and their allies. This struggle has a deep connection to public health activism. May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The faculty senate is currently voting on an amendment to the UW Faculty Code mandating the consideration of faculty contributions to promote diversity and equal opportunity as part of the promotion and tenure process. This means that along with the typical considerations of research, teaching and service, activities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion will also be considered as meritorious activities worthy of assessment, but will not be required components.