Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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Mollie Wallick
Advocate for Gay & Lesbian Rights

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One of the things for which I was most proud was that I spoke before the New Orleans City Council when they considered voting on extending rights to gays and lesbians in the workplace, in housing, and in public accommodations. This was something that they had considered earlier two times and it had been turned down. I was very pleased when, at the end of a long day, to learn that this time, this was accepted. Orleans was the only parish in the state that has this stated right for gays and lesbians, and I'm very proud to have been a part of that.

We tried to make panels that were responsive to students as future physicians, because we wanted them to be more caring physicians. We felt that having a panel of gay and lesbian physicians would be helpful to them in their future work with gay patients. And would also let them know that some of the faculty with whom they interacted were gay, and they needed to be aware of that and monitor their language. So I think that was very important. It was difficult at LSU, because we have essentially Louisiana residents, many of whom are not exposed, or do not know that they are exposed, to anyone who is gay. Of course, we did have students who were educated in California and from the East, and they knew, and they helped to balance it. But we did have problems with the others. Sometimes after a presentation, a student would come down and offer to "save" my panel. "You can be saved, it's not too late." And of course, this was very hurtful. But we girded our loins, and we took what was thrown at us, and we came back the next year and tried again.

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