New Frontier in LGBTQ Health Care

February 11, 2020

Alex Keuroghlian and Kevin Kapila are world travelers. Authorities on LGBTQ medical and mental health care, the Harvard Medical School and Fenway Health psychiatrists have circled the globe providing education and training workshops in countries such as Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda. 

But their trip to South Korea in October was different. Their journey to Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, formally known as U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys and the United States’ largest overseas military base, came at the invitation of base medical commanders. 

Read the full article here.


The Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital: New Director of Transgender Research

January 28, 2020

The Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Welcomes Sari Reisner, Sc.D., Director of Transgender Research in the Section of Men’s Health, Aging and Metabolism, in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension

The Department of Medicine is pleased to welcome Sari L. Reisner, Sc.D. (Pronouns: He/Him/His), an internationally recognized expert in transgender health, as the Director of Transgender Research in the Section of Men's Health, Aging and Metabolism, in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension.

Trained as a social and psychiatric epidemiologist, Dr. Reisner’s research focuses on health inequities in sexual and gender minority populations, specializing in transgender population health, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and mental health and substance use risks and resiliencies in adolescents and young adults. His work utilizes a participatory population perspective to work "with" not “on” communities.

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A Blueprint for Planning and Implementing a Transgender Health Program

January 23, 2020

Transgender and gender-diverse people face multiple barriers to accessing appropriate health care, including denial of service, harassment, and lack of clinician knowledge. This article presents a blueprint for planning and implementing a transgender health program within a primary care practice in order to enhance the capacity of the health care system to meet the medical and mental health needs of this underserved population. The steps described, with emphasis on elements specific to transgender care, include conducting a community needs assessment, gaining commitment from leadership and staff, choosing a service model and treatment protocols, defining staff roles, and creating a welcoming environment.

This article was authored by an HMS student and HMS faculty. It can be accessed here.

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I am MGH: Transgender Care

November 18, 2019

At Massachusetts General Hospital, we are not only caregivers, support staff and researchers – we are leaders, advocates and allies. In this installment of the “I am MGH” video series, members of the MGH community share their roles in creating a more welcoming and affirming environment for transgender and gender non-binary patients. At MGH, we believe that because of diversity we excel; through inclusion we will respect; focused on equity we will serve, heal, educate and innovate.

Through a multi-disciplinary effort, MGH has established programs to provide equal access to care and services, including the MGH Psychiatry Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Program and clinical programs in the Departments of Surgery, Urology, and Obstetrics & Gynecology. This October, the MGH Transgender Health Program will expand to include care for children and adolescents in a partnership with MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Watch the video here.

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Bisexuality and health: The cost of invisibility

November 6, 2019

Sabra L. Katz-Wise, PhD
On September 23, 2019, the 20th anniversary of Bi Visibility Day, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held its first-ever bisexual health research workshop. As an invited panelist at this event, sponsored by the NIH’s Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office, I joined 19 other researchers to discuss key findings, gaps in knowledge, and future directions.

You may be asking yourself: Is there really a need for this workshop? How is bisexual health different from the health of other groups? How many people even identify as bisexual?

Read the full article here.


Combating Bullying at School for LGBTQ Youth

September 10, 2019

This special four-part podcast series features Harvard Catalyst pilot grant awardees and their community partners as they share the fascinating stories and insights behind their innovative research in LGBTQ health, including bullying, state laws, and healthcare delivery.

Listen to:  
  • Sari Reisner, ScD, Boston Children's Hospital, explain his work creating a tool to combat LGBTQ bullying in schools
  • Ana Progovac, PhD, Cambridge Health Alliance, discuss her findings looking at mental health in transgender populations
  • S. Bryn Austin, ScD, Boston Children's Hospital, share the health and economic impact of state laws on gender minorities
  • Li Zhou, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, talk about using natural language processing and machine learning with electronic health records to identify LGBTQ patients 

Listen to our first episode "Combating Bullying at School for LGBTQ Youth."


Talking to your doctor about your LGBTQ+ sex life

August 21, 2019

Generally speaking, discussing what happens in our bedrooms outside of the bedroom can be anxiety-provoking. Let’s try to make your doctor’s office an exception. Why is this important? People in the LGBTQ+ community contend not only with a full range of health needs, but also with environments that may lead to unique mental and physical health challenges. Whether or not you have come out in general, doing so with your doctor may prove critical in managing your health. Sexual experiences, with their impact on identity, varied emotional significance, and disease risk, are a keystone for helping your doctor understand how to personalize your healthcare.

Read the full article here.

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Trump's transgender ban is cruel, medically unethical and damaging to the US military

June 5, 2019

Read original oped here: USA Today: Trump's transgender ban is cruel, medically unethical and damaging to the US military

by Robert H. Goldstein

Though President Donald Trump tweeted his solidarity with LGBT Americans as PRIDE month began, his actions speak louder than words. His administration’s new policy on transgender military service deals a cruel blow to transgender service members who want to serve their country openly and proudly. The policy, which took effect last month, forbids military service by anyone who “requires gender transition” — forcing transgender troops to hide and deny who they are or face discharge.

As a physician, let me be clear: Requiring transgender people to serve in their birth sex is a dangerous and unworkable rule. It will cause great harm to transgender troops, lead to the loss of highly qualified service members, and weaken our military.... Read more about Trump's transgender ban is cruel, medically unethical and damaging to the US military


A Tool to Combat Bullying

January 8, 2019

For a group of Harvard researchers, communication and intervention are the keys to a new tool designed to reduce bullying of LGBTQ students around the country. 

According to the most recent information gathered by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, lesbian, gay and bisexual students are almost twice as likely as heterosexual students to experience bullying, which places them at greater risk for suicide as well as mental and physical health problems.

A pilot project led by Sari Reisner, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, led to the design of an intervention tool that can be used by schools to help improve the lives of LGBTQ students. The project is funded by Harvard Catalyst, Harvard University’s center supporting collaborative, university-wide clinical and translational investigation.

Read the whole article here.


Dr. Yvonne Gomez-Carrion is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2018 LGBT Health Award

April 30, 2018

Dr. Yvonne Gomez-Carrion has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2018 recipient of the Society’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Award, an honor recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to LGBT health. 

Dr. Gomez-Carrion, a Newton resident, is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Ob/Gyn resident surgical service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

Dr. Gomez-Carrion is renowned for her contributions to improvements in health care for the transgender community. Transgender patients and their partners flock to her practice to receive non-judgmental and affirming health care.

Read more here.