Jaime Collins describes herself as a passionately curious woman with a deep love of humanity. Collins says that it was through a life-long journey of self-discovery that she learned and unlearned the societal dictates that for years had kept her imprisoned in a gender that wasn’t hers. Eventually Collins learned to love and accept herself and at 52 years old, came out as transgender. In addition to her career as a healthcare marketing and communications professional Collins is a wife, parent, grandparent, athlete, entrepreneur, and steadfast advocate for the LGBTQIA community.
In this podcast, Jamie Collins and Helen Osborne talk about:
- Meaning of the acronym, LGBTQIA. Commonly used to refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, and asexual and/or ally.
- Another important acronym is SOGIE. This is about the spectrum of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
- Why all these issues matter in health communication.
- Ways that organizations and individuals can be more welcoming, inclusive, culturally competent, and equitable.
More ways to learn:
- 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- Delaware Journal of Public Health – LGBTQ+ Health
- Trevor Project National Survey on LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health 2021
- “Communicating About Health with LGBTQ Youth (HLOL #136),” an interview with Ralph Vetters, MD, MPH
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Especially relevant to this podcast are the chapters about knowing your audience.