EPISODE 4 | All the Little Signs that Tell Us We’re Welcome – LGBTQ Health Equity with Howard Brown Health

If you’ve worked yourself out of a mission, you’ve succeeded.

When Kristin Keglovitz-Baker, Chief Operating Officer of Howard Brown Health – one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ health organizations – stated this quote in our interview, it hit us hard. It’s a short, powerful statement with a lot of punch.


We spent the entire car ride from the Administrative offices of Howard Brown Health in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood to our Northwestern offices discussing the power of a solid – usually simple – mission.

The mission of Howard Brown is straightforward – to eliminate disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. For the last thirty years, Howard Brown Health has been paving the way in this arena and making continuous headway towards this mission. In a time seemingly riddled with bigotry, uncertainty, and lines drawn in the sand, Howard Brown is serving as a safe haven, a resource, and a guiding light towards the future for individuals among the LGBTQ community.

On a hot morning in July, we sat down with Kristin to discuss LGBTQ health, healthcare, rights, and trying to make a difference in Chicago during an uncertain time.



EDIT: This episode was recorded and produced well before the string of events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA on August 13. Skinny Trees is overwhelmingly proud to discuss topics such as the ones you’ll hear in this episode with people like Kristin (and Tom, Michael, and Susan from Access Living, Dr. Linda Rae Murray, and Dr. Melissa Simon). We continue to take a stand for healthcare equality while standing in the face of bigotry and racism and we are glad that so many of you stand next to us. We move onwards and upwards united. 

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