Rainbow Pager Blog

November 12, 2018

"Hello! I have a question for the experts: Do any medical organizations have established guidelines against the usage of the term "homosexual"? I know GLAAD, The Associated Press, the NYT and many media sources and universities advise against usage of the term, but do we still use it in a medical setting? I had a lecturer today say that MSM, MSW, WSW, WSWM, etc. are incorrect and to use the terms, "heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual" when giving a case presentation. I challenged the idea and was told they are "medical terms" and we always use the "medical terms." So, help a student...

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Announcement: Archives for Diversity and Inclusion Program

November 6, 2018

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce the Archives for Diversity and Inclusion. Building on the successes of the Archives for Women in Medicine program, the Archives for Diversity and Inclusion will expand in scope to include acquiring the research, teaching, and professional records of underrepresented faculty of Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Harvard affiliated hospitals.

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HMS Students Rally against Discrimination: Faculty, staff also support rights of intersex, trans and gender-diverse people

November 5, 2018

HMS students, faculty and staff gathered in the TMEC Atrium on Nov. 1 to stand in solidarity with intersex, trans and gender-diverse friends, families and patients. The demonstration was part of a national movement initiated by the Medical Student Pride Alliance in response to an article in the New York Times about a leaked U.S. Department of Health and Human Services memo regarding a government definition of gender based on biological sex. Additionally, students were rallying in support of voting yes on a Massachusetts ballot measure that would keep in place a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

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Yes on 3 is a healthy choice Referendum on transgender rights affects more than bathroom access

November 5, 2018

ALL OF US know that accessing basic health care and emergency medical care treatment is essential to taking care of ourselves and our families. This November, voters will have a unique opportunity to uphold a Massachusetts state law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations, which includes hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Voting Yes on Question 3 this November means not only that all residents of Massachusetts are free to live their lives without the fear of discrimination, but that all of us – including transgender people – can live without fear of being turned away in moments of need.

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Harvard Med School Slams Trump Admin Proposal to Define Gender By Biological Sex

November 2, 2018

Harvard Medical School on Thursday slammed the Trump administration's reported plan to eliminate federal recognition of transgender, intersex, or gender non-binary individuals, calling the proposal “overly simplistic, medically inaccurate and antithetical to our values as healthcare providers.”

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