Transcript: Grant to Rainbow Health aims to serve LGBTQ+ and BIPOC youth

Calm music plays. Text appears over a brick building.

ONSCREEN TEXT:        St. Paul, MN

A sign over the doors of the brick building reads "Rainbow Health."

At a podium emblazoned "Rainbow Health" and "United Health Foundation", a white man in a blue suit and rainbow bowtie addresses an audience. Text appears.

ONSCREEN TEXT:        Jeremy Hanson Willis

                                       CEO, Rainbow Health

WILLIS: Today is a big day for Rainbow Health and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities we serve, and who have sustained our mission for 40 years. Today, I am proud to announce the largest private gift in our organization's history: a two million dollar, three year grant from the UnitedHealth Foundation.

Text appears against a white background.

ONSCREEN TEXT:        Our partnership will help Rainbow Health provide culturally responsive, high-quality mental health care and substance use services to LGBTQ+ and BIPOC youth and young adults in Minnesota.

Now a white person with short grey hair and tattooed arms addresses the audience. Text appears.

ONSCREEN TEXT:        Eli Wright

Clinic Director, Rainbow Health

WRIGHT: I know the pain of being alone, of being isolated, being scared, and being unsure. The idea that my 15-year-old self could conceptualize this? Amazing.

A black woman with buzzed hair wearing a blazer gazes out from the podium. Beside the podium stands the American flag, the Minnesota flag, and the Progress Pride flag.

ONSCREEN TEXT:        Dr. Margaret-Mary Wilson

                                       EVP & CMO, UnitedHealth Group

DR WILSON: I think of my journey as a young lesbian living in a country and a society where I was fearful and could not be my authentic self, and certainly did not have access to this kind of comprehensive, compassionate care or support system. As a physician, but also as a lesbian, a member of the LGBTQ community…

A man in a hoodie steps into the health center and approaches the receptionist. A pair of pamphlets on the counter read "PrEP Made Easy" and "Minnesota Aidsline."

DR WILSON: This is going to be enormously impactful and will certainly make a difference.

A middle-aged white man with short brown hair addresses the audience. Text appears.

ONSCREEN TEXT:        Mayor Jacob Frey

                                       Minneapolis, MN

FREY: You want the ability to be the person that you are, not get judged, not get criticized, but loved. And that's what rainbow does each and every day.

The view drifts over Rainbow Health.

FREY: I think this day is also extremely important because…

Frey stands at the podium.

FREY: …it signals yet another shift along this continuum as we move towards full inclusivity and justice.

Wright speaks from the podium.

WRIGHT: They're struggling. They need us. We are that safe place that they're desperate for. We are that hope that they're looking for.

Dr. Wilson interviews.

DR WILSON: This, in my mind, brings optimism, and it brings hope that our mission to provide affordable, accessible, equitable and safe care for young lesbians, gay men, bisexual people, transgender and queer people is actually within reach. But in order for us to get there, it's going to take all of us coming together.

A photo shows Dr Wilson, Willis, Wright, and Frey standing in a line. Willis speaks in voiceover.

WILLIS: We are so grateful for partners like UnitedHealth Foundation for stepping up to support this lifesaving work.

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The stacked blue U's of the UnitedHealthcare logo appear, followed by text.

ONSCREEN TEXT:        UnitedHealthcare