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GoGuide Magazines 2019 Honor Roll

Welcome to the first annual GoGuide Honor Roll. Each year at Pride the magazine will select an organization, person(s), event, or other notable happenings that have had a positive effect on the LGBTQ community in Iowa.

This year we have four honorees. It’s a distinguished group of honorees. The achievements and their impact on history are almost unimaginable.

This is only the first of many more years of honorees. It’s an exciting new tradition at GoGuide Magazine.

 

HONOREE:

PRESIDENT BRUCE

HARRELD AND

THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

In 2017, I had the opportunity to talk to University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld at a Pride reception hosted at his residence. We talked about diversity and specifically the role of the LGBTQ community on the UI campus.

Our conversation was arranged in advance through the UI Office of Strategic Communication. However, as soon as I had the opportunity to introduce myself, President Harreld was quick to disarm the situation, and it was very relaxed and comfortable. He is really very approachable.

As we were talking, he told me this was the first-ever President’s Pride Reception in the history of the university. I think this was somewhat shocking to him and it certainly was surprising to me. How could this be the case at a progressive institution like the University of Iowa?

In addition to the Pride Reception, the president was very knowledgeable about many LGBTQ initiatives and programs on campus. He spoke with great pride about all the programs and resources available to LGBTQ students, faculty members, and staff. He also talked about the need to do more. I was shocked at how comfortable he was in this environment. I have to admit that I was very impressed.

I know much of this evidence is anecdotal. However, don’t dismiss what I witnessed that day. The proof of his commitment is evident in all the programs and events that happen under his watch, and I know with his encouragement.

President Harreld made this statement when he learned of his recognition as an Honor Roll honoree.

“The University of Iowa has and will continue supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion for our LGBTQ community. Though the journey may not always be smooth, the Hawkeye family is just that … family. And, families keep working until they figure it out. I’m honored to be a part of that family, and we are honored to be recognized for our ongoing efforts.”

At the link provided, you can quickly reference all of the important LGBTQ milestones at the University of Iowa https://now.uiowa.edu/2016/11/timeline-lgbtq-milestones-university-iowa.

GoGuide Magazine is proud to honor President Bruce Harreld and the University of Iowa

 

HONOREE:

JACK STAPLETON, M.D.

HIV-AIDS CLINIC

RYAN WHITE PROGRAM

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

Jack Stapleton, MD; Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases; Depts. of Internal Medicine & Microbiology and Immunology; Director, Levitt Center for Viral Pathogenesis

Dr. Stapleton began caring for people with AIDS while completing training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina.  He saw his first patient in 1980, the year before the illness was first recognized as a new entity.

He was hired by the University of Iowa in 1986 to develop an HIV/AIDS program and to continue his virology and vaccine research work.  The number of people living with HIV who came to UI rapidly grew in 1986-1988, leading Dr. Stapleton to propose the development of a multidisciplinary clinic.  This clinic, led by Dr. Stapleton, nurse Kris Davis, and social worker Pat Herring, started in June 1988.

The clinic has always focused on caring for the patients above all else, and it has continued to grow steadily.  More than 2,360 individuals living with HIV have been cared for in the clinic, and in the past year, almost 800 people living with HIV received medical care and support services in the clinic.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, the clinic was heavily involved in antiviral research, serving as a study site for the NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG).  Our patients contributed to many research trials including some that led to the licensure of medications commonly used to treat those living with HIV.

In 1998, we were successful in obtaining funding from the Ryan White Part C program which significantly increased our ability to provide early HIV services to our patients.  The Ryan White Program, under the direction of Tricia Kroll, LMSW, has increased funding in the Ryan White Part B program, improving case management services and access to insurance and medical care.

In the past few years, we also became the provider overseeing “HOPWA” (Housing Opportunities for People With HIV/AIDS), ably managed by Jennifer Keeler, BSW.  A large team of dedicated people (nurses, office staff, social workers, pharmacists, etc.) work hard to make our clinic welcoming and user-friendly.  We continue to strive to provide outstanding, holistic, patient-centered care and are grateful that, from a medical standpoint, we can effectively control the HIV infection in over 90% of our patients.

GoGuide Magazine is proud to honor Jack Stapelton, M.D. and the University of Iowa’s Hospital’s and clinics commitment to HIV/AIDS care and research.

 

HONOREE:

VARNUM V. BRIEN;

IOWA STATE SUPREME COUT;

RULING AFFIRMED;

ALL JUSTICES CONCUR.

Case Filed April 3, 2009

 

Appellees - KATHERINE VARNUM, PATRICIA HYDE, DAWN BARBOUROSKE,

JENNIFER BARBOUROSKE, JASON MORGAN, CHARLES SWAGGERTY,

DAVID TWOMBLEY, LAWRENCE HOCH, WILLIAM M. MUSSER, OTTER DREAMING, INGRID OLSON, and REVA EVANS,

vs.

Appellant -TIMOTHY J. BRIEN, In His Official Capacities as the Polk County Recorder and Polk County Registrar,

Court Conclusion:

The district court properly granted summary judgment to plaintiffs.Iowa Code section 595.2 violates the equal protection provision of the Iowa Constitution. Our decision becomes effective upon issuance of procedendo.33

AFFIRMED.

All justices concur.

(Source: https://cases.justia.com/iowa/su

preme-court/071499-(2009-04-03).pdf?ts=1396154066)

With Varnum v. Brien decision Iowa became the third state in America to recognize marriage equality

I am proud to live in a state that has led the nation on social progress since our inception, on everything from “the matter of Ralph” in 1839 concerning slavery, to the racial integration of our public schools in 1868 and allowing America’s first woman lawyer, Arabella Mansfield, to the Iowa bar in 1869. That proud tradition was continued ten years ago by a group of seven courageous justices who were willing to do the right thing in the pursuit of a more just and equitable society. It is in that spirit that I wish to congratulate my mothers on twenty-three years together. Later this year, they will celebrate their tenth anniversary of marriage.” - Zach Wahls

GoGuide Magazine is proud to honor the courageous Iowa State Supreme Court and the appellees in this landmark case.

 

HONOREE:

NICOLE L. NISLY, MD

LGBTQ CLINIC

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

Nicole L. Nisly, MD; Founder LGBTQ Clinic at the University of Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Nisly - Director, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Service; Associate Chair for Diversity; Department of Internal Medicine; Professor of Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine.

UI Health Care’s LGBTQ Clinic serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning community.

Every member of our clinic staff has had LGBTQ-specific cultural humility training. This training, through the Safe Zone Project, is to make sure our clinic setting is welcoming and assuring for all our patients.

Patients with disabilities and non-English speakers are welcome. Our clinic provides full-service health care to meet the LGBTQ health care needs.

The UI LGBTQ clinic is committed to honoring and affirming your unique identity. Many people are choosing to identify with the term queer as opposed to a more specific label. We strive to create an environment that does not attempt to put you into a well defined box. It is our mission to understand your individual health needs and provide you with exceptional care.

The clinic as been honored by Human Rights Commission as a leader in LGBTQ Health care.

GoGuide Magazine is proud to honor Nicole Nisly, M.D. and the University of Iowa’s Hospital’s and clinics commitment to LGBTQ health care.