June is Pride Month. LGBTQ+ communities and LGBTQ+ supporters from all over the world celebrate together for the LGBTQ+ social and self-acceptance, legal rights, achievements, and pride. Every year, Vancouver sunbathes in the warm afterglow of Pride Month as well. Here at GreenLeaf Clinic, we also take this time to reflect on the importance and interpretation of LGBTQ+ friendly practice.
While we observe the society progresses towards more inclusive ideals via listening, being educated, and supporting, the medical industry is still looking for ways to provide a more welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for the LGBTQ+ community.
Here at GreenLeaf Clinic, we aspire to create an environment that is inclusive, warm, and mindful in big or small ways. Some examples of how we strive to be mindful of our LGBTQ+ patients and staff are down below.
The usage of gender-neutral language helps keep conversations more pleasant. First, it gives the impression that it is a mindful environment where patients can feel comfortable to speak openly about their lives without fear of judgment. It allows for more open communications and leaves both parties comfortable as it leaves fewer incidents where patients need to make corrections. One example is, using the term “partner” instead of other terms such as “husband,” “wife,” or “boyfriend”. Using gender-neutral language and pronouns helps the conversations smoother as patients do not have to discuss their lives without correcting wrong assumptions made about their family or relationship structure.
Listening To Patients
We understand that societal social development requires a willingness to listen, receive, and educate oneself of information or ideas from a variety of communities. We would like to inform you that we are constantly looking for better ways to make a difference in patient experience. We always welcome new ideas or feedback in regard to inclusivity and mindfulness or regarding your experiences at GreenLeaf Clinic.
If you would like to know more about how acupuncture and herbal medicine can benefit you or a beloved member of the LGBTQ+ community, please reach out to our staff via phone, email, or our chatbot on our website.