Student Association Receives National Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2010) – The University of Kentucky’s Health Occupation Professionals for Equality (UK HOPE) and the UK American Medical Student Association (AMSA) were recently selected to receive the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Achievement Award from the national AMSA and Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).

UK HOPE was founded in the fall of 2008 to promote a more inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, faculty, and staff at the University of Kentucky.

“I hope this [award] makes us all feel proud of what we have accomplished for the UK Health Center campus and motivates us to remain focused on promoting LGBT equality both at UK and our community,” said Chris Garnett, second-year medical student and member of UK HOPE.

The national GLMA and AMSA established the LGBT Health Achievement Award in 1999 to recognize a medical school, student group or individual student for exemplary achievement in advocating the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health issues or concerns within their medical school and medical centers.

For more information on the LGBT Health Achievement Award or the UK HOPE organization, visit