Panel Discussion: COVID-19 and the LGBTQ+ community

June 24, 2020

Dr. Katz-Wise wrote “COVID-19 and the LGBTQ+ community: Rising to unique challenges” for the Harvard Health Blog in April 2020 and so far over 2120 people have read it. Her piece remains one of the few published on the ways our community is impacted by this pandemic. With all of the media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is striking that the conversation has not addressed the ways this pandemic is affecting LGBTQ+ people.
Pride Month offers us the chance to reflect on the barriers and stigma we continue to face in healthcare, policy, research, and our own families. Pride Month is also an opportunity to reflect on our communities’ strengths. This panel discussion offers us a chance to come together and learn from our own LGBTQ+ community at Harvard Medical School as we work together to change the conversation.

A video recording of the panel can be accessed here

Faciliated by Jessica Halem, LGBTQ Outreach and Engagement Director in the Office for Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs (ORMA), the panelists include
Robbie H. Goldstein, MD, PhD
Infectious Disease Specialist, Primary Care Physician
Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Transgender Health Program
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Kanika and Jason, MS1s
Kanika and Jason are first year medical students at HMS who have been working on a research and advocacy project to capture how COVID-19 has impacted queer and trans students and young adults, who are often struggling with mental health challenges and may not have financial resources or safe homes to return to. They feel that not enough attention — whether that be institutional/financial support or media coverage — has been paid to the disproportionate impact closing schools has had on queer students.

Sabra L. Katz-Wise, PhD
Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative Curriculum Fellow
Assistant Professor, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Co-Director, Harvard SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) Health Equity Research Collaborative


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