Chase Glenn is stepping away as the leader of the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) to become the first director of the Medical University of South Carolina’s office for LGBTQ+ Health Services and Enterprise Resources.

Since 2017, Glenn has served as the executive director of AFFA, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group based in North Charleston. He will begin his new role at MUSC in mid-April.

As the office’s new director, Glenn will oversee “the development and implementation of policy, programs and services for all of MUSC LGBTQ+ community members,” according to a press release.

“As a transgender man, he brings real-world experience, personal insight and proven leadership to this challenging new role,” said Willette S. Burnham-Williams, the university’s interim chief equity officer. “Our teams look forward to engaging with him to move our forward-looking diversity, equity and inclusion programs to an even higher level.”

Studies have shown LGBTQ people in the South can face added challenges when obtaining health care. A 2019 health survey by the Campaign for Southern Equality showed transgender individuals less-often had positive experiences with physical health providers compared to cisgender counterparts. Respondents also reported dramatically higher levels of depression and anxiety compared to the general population.

In recent years, AFFA has led advocacy efforts at the state level, most recently helping push passage of hate crime legislation and working to reframe discussion about LGBTQ issues at the Statehouse. The hate crime law currently under consideration has the support of major statewide business leaders and a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

AFFA board leaders are “deeply appreciative” of Glenn’s work, president Jeffrey Fleming said in an announcement Thursday. “He has continued to grow AFFA’s reputation as a valued resource for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies in Charleston.”

A search for Glenn’s successor is underway, Fleming said.