Interpreting for Sexual and Gender Minorities
Presenters: Jorge Ungo and Tim Moriarty
CCHI: 1 Continuing Education hoursATA: pending
NBCMI and IMIA accept CCHI- and ATA-approved continuing education hours.
Abstract: Individuals with limited English proficiency face significant barriers in accessing health care, as do individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or asexual. These barriers are heightened when a person is both LEP and LGBTQIA. While societal views on LGBTQIA people vary greatly, recent events in the U.S. like marriage equality have brought more visibility to this marginalized population. Interpreters should be prepared to handle sensitive (and possibly uncomfortable) discussions between patients and their providers. This session is intended to approach the topic in a sensitive manner allowing for open discussion from diverse viewpoints in a safe environment.
Tim Moriarty is manager of Interpreter & Translation Services for Baystate Medical Center, and responsible for interpreter services throughout the Baystate Health System in Western Massachusetts. His department consists of 50 staff interpreters who speak English and 11 different languages. Tim has been on the Baystate Health Diversity Council since its inception several years ago, and until recently was chair of Baystate Pride, Baystate Health’s employee resource group for LGBTQ employees and friends and families.