April 2020

LGBTQ+ Frontline Healthcare Workers – Share Your Story with GLMA

As an organization of LGBTQ+ health professionals, we at GLMA want to shine a light on the members of the LGBTQ+ community who are risking their lives on the frontlines to keep the entire community safe during the COVID19 outbreak.

We know that this is a hard time for everyone, but especially healthcare workers and healthcare workers who belong to the LGBTQ+ community.

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SURVEY: LGBTQ+ and/or living with HIV? Complete a short survey about your experience during COVID-19

Our survey seeks to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the coronavirus, on people with HIV (PWH) and people who identify as sexual and/or gender minorities (SGM; i.e., LGBTQ+ people). Your responses and lived experiences are important in helping us understand how this disease is impacting our communities. This survey is completely anonymous. If you complete the survey, you will be paid $10 through an online visa gift card for your time.

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ADVOCACY: FDA Blood Donations and MSM

Many of you have been working hard to get the FDA ban on MSM and blood donations overturned. As you know, it recently got changed to a three month abstinence period. Which is still fear based and not science based. Along with the AMA, GLMA, your advocacy, op/eds – the national LGBTQ organization GLAAD is working on a public education campaign.

Some great LGBTQ doctors on the West Coast are aiming to get some great LGBTQ doctors from Harvard engaged in this work. Two ways:

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Call for Papers: SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS IN THE ERA OF COVID-19

The coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) will affect aspects of our lives, all over the world, in many ways. As the coming weeks and months unfold, we will begin to understand better the impacts and effective responses to the outbreak. In broader public health discussions, sexual and reproductive health and rights can be overlooked. Outbreaks can heighten vulnerabilities of different population groups, accentuate gender inequities and lead to neglect of the needs and rights of the most marginalized, including women and girls, refugees, migrants, people living with disability, people living with HIV, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The pressure on health services could disrupt routine maternity, contraceptive, abortion and other sexual and reproductive health services. Social and economic pressures may increase domestic and gender-based violence and sexual exploitation. The protection of human rights is an ongoing concern during this global threat.

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Research opportunity in psychiatry/addiction medicine/primary care

Attention LGBTQ HMS Students:

Research opportunity in psychiatry/addiction medicine/primary care

Hi everyone! My name is Michal McDowell - I graduated from HMS in 2018 and am currently a PGY-2 in psychiatry at MGH/McLean. I am working on a systematic review exploring integration of services for substance use disorders in primary care. Our team needs assistance both in abstract review, as well as drafting the paper for submission. This research opportunity will include 10-15 hours of abstract review + additional time for paper drafting and offers the opportunity for publication.

Please reach out to Dr. McDowell at mjmcdowell@mgh.harvard.edu if interested!