BIPOC / LGBTQ. Why We Choose Inclusivity.
The way we talk about things can often influence the way we think about them.
At SLC Med Spa we believe in “person first”. This means that we prioritize the identity of individuals as human beings with unique experiences and identities over their status. For example, we avoid describing people as “depressed” and instead refer to them as “a person who is depressed.”
This concept can be carried out as well in the way we refer to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning) The continued use of “minority or marginalized” sets up BIPOC or LGBTQ communities in terms of their quantity instead of their quality and removes their personhood.
The word “minority” also emphasizes the power differential between “majority” and “minority” groups and can make BIPOC or LGBTQ feel as though “minority” is synonymous with inferiority. Though “minority” and “marginalized” may continue to be used in academic spaces, we understand how these terms create and perpetuate negative images and stereotypes of individuals that identify as BIPOC or LGBTQ.
SLC Med Spa honors the unique experiences of Black and Indigenous individuals, People Of Color, LGBTQ and their communities. We believe in the right to be treated with dignity and respect. We strive to better understand, and effectively respond to the range of experiences held by individuals and families with diverse values, beliefs, and sexual orientations, in addition to backgrounds that vary by race, ethnicity, religion, and language.
According to the MHA, 41% of our US population are BIPOC. 30% identify as LGBTQ. For more information on how to support individuals or for mental health help please reach out to https://mhanational.org