HMS Students Rally against Discrimination

Faculty, staff also support rights of intersex, trans and gender-diverse people

HMS students, faculty and staff gathered in the TMEC Atrium on Nov. 1 to stand in solidarity with intersex, trans and gender-diverse friends, families and patients.

The demonstration was part of a national movement initiated by the Medical Student Pride Alliance in response to an article in the New York Times about a leaked U.S. Department of Health and Human Services memo regarding a government definition of gender based on biological sex.

Additionally, students were rallying in support of voting yes on a Massachusetts ballot measure that would keep in place a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Harvard Medical School released a statement on Nov. 2 opposing efforts by the federal government to define gender and sex and vowed to protect the rights of all individuals, regardless of gender identity.

Rally organizers and HMS students, Angela Perfetti (left) and Casey Orozco-Poore, urged people to sign an open letter in opposition to the DHHS memo and to vote Yes on Massachusetts ballot question #3.

Images by Maya Rucinski-Szwec