San Francisco, CA
June 9, 2021
The Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC)  diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) working group has drafted a gender identity bill of rights as part of a focused effort to address inequality and inequity in veterinary spaces. The gender diverse community, specifically transgender women of color, have been leaders of the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights. The gender diverse community has continued to be in the national spotlight for the last decade, targeted with restroom bills, medical access bills and identity legislation highlighting the need for continued activism and allyship.
Although the Bostock v. Clayton County ruling in the Supreme Court was passed to protect civil rights in employment, there have also been over 100 anti-trans bills, including medical conscience bills, which threaten access to gender affirming care and continue to perpetuate discrimination and bigotry. PrideVMC acknowledges the importance of clear and unequivocal commitment to equality, equity, and the human rights of the transgender, non-binary, and gender noncomforming individuals of our diverse LGBTQ+ family in a time where the acceptance of our bretheren by the general public is uncommon.
PrideVMC currently has two planned actions to support transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming individuals in the veterinary profession.
Gender Identity Bill of Rights
The authors and multiple contributors from the gender diverse community have crafted the document published today on the PrideVMC website outlining the minimum civil rights expectations for gender diverse individuals. This Bill of Rights is a living document. To date this document has already incorporated input from numerous trans voices and we welcome further feedback. This document outlines immediate commitments to equal and fair treatment for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals across all of veterinary medicine. It currently lists twelve rights as the minimum standard needed to reduce harm and build equitable and safe spaces that respect the human rights of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals within the veterinary profession.
     Authors – PrideVMC DEI WG, Gender Identity Subgroup Members:
     Erika Lin-Hendel, VMD, PhD
     Ewan Wolff, PhD, DVM, DACVIM
     Jenna Ward, DVM
Gender Diversity Guide (projected release in 2022)
The Gender Diversity Guide will expand in detail on each of the twelve points of the Bill of Rights, discuss currently accepted best practices for gender affirmation centered on community voices and expertise, and provide links to established resources with information regarding their strengths and limitations.
It is time to make our profession a safer space for the transgender community. This Gender Identity Bill of Rights for the Veterinary Profession is simply a start. We invite you to take this Bill of Rights to your workplaces and academic institutions and implement it to take an active stand in making the veterinary profession an inclusive space.
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The transgender pride flag by Monica Helms.

The nonbinary pride flag designed by Kye Rowan.

Genderqueer flag designed by Marilyn Roxie.


The mission of the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) is to create a better world for the LGBTQ+ veterinary community.  We do so by striving to foster acceptance and inclusivity for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender presentations within the veterinary medical profession and community. We fight discrimination, build collaborative networks, and support LGBTQ+ veterinary students through mentorship and scholarship programs. ​PrideVMC membership is open to the entire animal health and veterinary community regardless of role, race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military status. Allies are welcome!
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