Interpreting for Gender & Sexual Diversity

  • 01 Jan 2024
  • 26 Jun 2025
  • On Demand Webinar



Presenter: Kelly (Grzech) Henriquez


NOTE: There are no refunds or cancelations for on-demand webinars.

  • RID: TSID Activity 0027.0823.08
  • IMIA/NBCMI 0.1500 
  • CCHI 1.5 CE Hour CEAP
  • DSHS approval: # 738, General Credits: 1.50

NOTE: CEUs are available by participating in the entire activity only (usually 90 minutes).  


Significant health disparities have been documented within LGBTQIA+ communities, many of which are the direct result of stigma. As members of the medical team, healthcare interpreters can and do contribute to this stigma, even inadvertently. This workshop will have interpreters examine common assumptions about gender and sexuality, as well as how these biases can affect the application of healthcare interpreting ethical principles. Attendees will ultimately develop a personalized action plan for how they can provide ethical and affirming interpretation services to diverse communities.


  • Outline the health disparities experienced by the LGB, trans, gender nonconforming, and intersex communities, as well as how interpreters can contribute to these disparities.
  • Identify common assumptions about gender and sexuality, as well as how they can affect application of healthcare interpreting ethical principles.
  • Create an action plan for how the interpreter can provide ethical and affirming interpretation services to diverse communities.


Kelly is a dual-certified Spanish medical/healthcare interpreter in Richmond, Virginia. She acquired her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a concentration in Spanish and completed their SETI (Spanish/English Translation and Interpretation) program. Kelly began her career in language services as a Bilingual Patient Advocate at a local safety net clinic and has since been an on-site as an independent contractor in both medical and mental health facilities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she began her YouTube channel for interpreters, producing educational content for interpreters, and teaching medical interpretation with Americans Against Language Barriers (AALB).

Platform: CHIA's Educational Hub, our online library.

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Presented in English. The content of this presentation will apply to both spoken and sign language. Presenters may draw on examples using multiple languages as relevant to their working language/s and content presented.

Training level: 

The session listed are aimed at working interpreters and applicable to all levels. While students are welcomed to attend all CHIA events, CHIA events are not specifically designed for interpreting students.  


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