With Hartford Yard Goats, LGBTQ + Colleague Resource Group Celebrates Pride


Dr. Saunders gave an on-field presentation before the game and also threw out the first pitch. Being a softball player in high school paid off – the ball landed right over the plate.

“I am thankful to be involved in the process of ensuring HHC is visibly inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community through our actions, processes and environments. Every person deserves to feel safe, respected and supported in being their authentic selves,” said colleague resource group co-chair Valerie Martin.

The game was sponsored by Connecticut VOICE magazine, a multi-platform offering readers and viewers the ability to experience VOICE an award-winning quarterly publication VOICE, a television show CT VOICE Out Loud on WTNH and a podcast Out Loud.

Story Highlights

  • “The evening was an opportunity to highlight some of the advances that Hartford HealthCare is making in working with LGBTQ+ patients as well as supporting their LGBTQ+ colleagues,” said Laura Saunders, PsyD, ABPP.

  • The LGBTQ+ Colleague Resource Group consists of over 40 Hartford HealthCare allies and LGBTQ+ community members, who volunteer because they feel passionate about ensuring high-quality care is available to all. Their goal is to provide an equitable, affirming and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ patients, families and staff by creating a culture in which healthcare is delivered to all with sensitivity, kindness and respect.