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.
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
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.
Bullying started early for Nicole Maines, now a college freshman, who has known since she was 2 years old that she was not the boy she was born as. She wanted to dress as Ariel the mermaid in a world that expected her to be a Batman.
By age 12, her transition was complete. She took the name Nicole and switched to using the girls bathroom at school. But one complaint was all it took to unleash what Maines called “the adults with outdated values who don’t understand or don’t want to understand.”
Bullying forced the family to flee Orono, Maine.
“No one should have to grow up being bullied for who they are,” Maines said.