LGBT+Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding the Health Sciences (LOCUS) 

Mirandy Li and Ayesha Umrigar
Co-Presidents of LOCUS

Mirandy Li and I are honored to introduce ourselves as the new co-presidents of our campus-wide LGBT organization, LOCUS (LGBT+Ally Organization for Cultural Understanding in the Health Sciences). The goals of this organization are to advance awareness and understanding of LGBT-related issues both at LSUHSC and in the New Orleans community, as well as to provide a safe space for all members of the LSUHSC community.

This past year was very successful, with LOCUS hosting seminars, participating in community outreach events, and co-sponsoring the LGBT Healthcare Disparities Symposium with ETHIKOS (see the accompanying story in the Top Stories section of this issue of The Pulse). Mirandy and I plan to continue this momentum, and we have several community outreach events planned with groups such as NOAGE (New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders) and the New Orleans LGBT Community Center.

We are also happy to announce the creation of our new web page, which can be accessed at This web page has a list of general LGBT resources, as well as description of our upcoming events and a link for subscription to our listserv. Stay tuned for a more detailed list of our events. We look forward to a successful year.