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Co-parent adoption: A critical protection for LGBTQ+ families

March 5, 2020

Every child deserves to be part of a loving family, and establishing a secure legal relationship known as parentage between parents and their children is critical to the well-being of all families. This provides stability and security for children and allows parents to care for their children, including making important medical decisions. For LGBTQ+ families, co-parent adoption ensures that parents have a secure legal relationship to their child.

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U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training

February 21, 2020

Aliya Feroe recalls the flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. For Rhi Ledgerwood, who was designated female at birth, identifies as trans and doesn’t have sex with men, it was a doctor advising about condoms and pregnancy prevention. For Tim Keyes, who came out as gay at age 17, it’s when doctors automatically assumed he sleeps with women.

Ask any LGBTQ patient about awkward doctor visits and chances are they’ll have a story to tell.

When being heterosexual is presumed even in doctors’ offices, those who identify otherwise can feel marginalized and less likely to seek medical care, contributing to health problems that include high rates of depression, suicidal behavior, alcohol and drug use and inadequate health screenings, LGBTQ advocates say.

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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. 

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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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Harvard Medicine Magazine | Winter 2020: United in a movement to improve LGBTQ health care

January 17, 2020

The winter edition of Harvard Medicine Magazine has been published with a focus on LGBTQ+ health care. 

With articles covering intersex care, the impact of discrimination and minority stress on LGBTQ+ people's health, and data privacy with medical records, this edition of Harvard Medicine is a comprehensive, engaging resource on the many intersections of LGBTQ+ identity and the medical world. 

The Winter 2020 edition can be read online here.

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SGMRO Director's Blog Post on the Bisexual Health Research Workshop & Summary Document

December 11, 2019

Please see the latest SGMRO Director’s Voice Blog post, which discusses the recent Bisexual Health Research Workshop and the importance of raising visibility and representation of bi/bi+ individuals in health research. The post also announces the release of the workshop summary document, which is available here. For your convenience, the full blog post has been included below.

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Medical Training in the Closet

December 5, 2019

"Every day, and usually unconsciously, I carry around fear that I’ll be judged for my sexual orientation. This fear has affected my experience of medical training, and I suspect I’m not alone. Trainees in your own hospital may feel the same way. Before every rotation in medical school, I was anxious. Would my new attendings judge me for being gay? Would it affect my grade?"

Having grown up surrounded by homophobia, a gay resident continues to carry around fear that he’ll be judged for his sexual orientation. But some attending physicians and residents have done small things that have made him feel more at ease.

A PDF of this Perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine by McLean psychiatry resident Jack L. Turban can be accessed online here with your HarvardKey. 

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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.