Janet Green, a patient advocate representative with the Accord Alliance, will serve as the 10th anniversary National Coming Out Day speaker, hosted by the Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services. Her talk, titled “Intersex: What Is It, and Why Should You Care?” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 North Aurora St. It is free and open to the public.
The Accord Alliance is a nonprofit organization that promotes comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by Disorders of Sex Development (DSD). Green is currently serving as its interim executive director.
Her own early medical experiences as a patient with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia left Green with a unique sensitivity to and passion for the needs of patients, families and physicians related to treating DSD. She has spent the past decade educating about the negative consequences of early surgical intervention and concealed care. She was a contributor and member of an international consortium on the creation of new DSD guidelines and recently participated in the DSD Research and Quality Improvement Symposium cosponsored by the University of Michigan and Accord Alliance.
Green is a trustee of Continuum Health Partners, serves on the board of overseers of Beth Israel Medical Center and cochairs the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. She is a past board member of the CARES Foundation. She earned her degree in communications and psychology from Ithaca College in 1978.
National Coming Out Day is sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and is intended to advance open and respectful dialogue about the lives of LGBT Americans and their family and friends. In addition to the Ithaca College LGBT Center — which this fall is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding — community collaborators for Green’s presentation include the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, Ithaca LGBT Task Force and Out for Health.
For more information, visit www.ithaca.edu/lgbt/.