The Stench of Bathroom Bills: The Mental Health Impact on Transgender, Non-Binary and Cisgender LGBTQ+ People during a State Referendum to Remove Transgender Rights
October 22, 2020
On October 22, 2020, Harvard SOGIE hosted a talk entitled “The Stench of Bathroom Bills: The Mental Health Impact on Transgender, Non-Binary and Cisgender LGBTQ+ People during a State Referendum to Remove Transgender Rights”. Sharon Horne, Professor and Graduate Program Director of Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, spoke about her team’s research engaging with the health implications of local political discourse on trans and LGBTQ+ populations. Harvard SOGIE was able to discuss the team’s methodologies, and future directions.
Trans Health Research through TransCapsule
September 24, 2020
On September 24, 2020, Harvard SOGIE hosted an online talk titled “Trans Health Research through TransCapsule”. Tobey Tozier, designer and founder of TransCapsule, spoke about the potential for the transition tracking application for transgender health research. Tozier shared with Harvard SOGIE the depth and breadth of TransCapsule’s functionality, including mood tracking, audio-, video-, and text-recording, and temporal comparisons. Harvard SOGIE was able to discuss how the various aspects of TransCapsule were exceptionally suited to trans health research.
History’s Apology: Social Movements and Sexual Rights in the Postcolonial World
June 23, 2020
On June 23, 2020, Harvard SOGIE co-sponsored an online talk hosted by Harvard Medical School titled “History’s Apology: Social Movements and Sexual Rights in the Postcolonial World”. Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, spoke about the history of social movements for sexual rights and current issues related to women and LGBTQIA communities from a global perspective. She traced the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on organizing for LGBTQ rights in South Asia in particular, and reflected on the complex role of the history of the AIDS pandemic in global claims for sexual rights.
COVID-19 and the LGBTQ Community
June 16, 2020
On June 16, 2020, Harvard SOGIE co-sponsored an online panel hosted by Harvard Medical School titled “COVID-19 and the LGBTQ+ Community: Rising to Unique Challenges”. The panel was inspired by a recently published blog post of the same name, written by Dr. Sabra L. Katz-Wise (Co-Director of Harvard SOGIE). Panelists included Dr. Robbie Goldstein (Infectious Disease Specialist and Medical Director for the Massachusetts General Hospital Transgender Health Program), Kanika and Jason (Harvard Medical School Students), and Dr. Katz-Wise. Panelists and attendees discussed challenges and strengths in the LGBTQ+ community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We had approximately 65 attendees from both within and outside of the Harvard Medical School community. Harvard SOGIE was pleased to be part of Harvard Medical School’s LGBTQ+ Pride lineup through co-sponsoring this great event!
LGBTQ-related Policy and Advocacy: Live Tweet with Boston Children’s Hospital Government Relations Office
February 20, 2020
On February 20, 2020, Harvard SOGIE hosted an event on LGBTQ-related policy and advocacy. The Boston Children’s Hospital Government Relations Office joined us to outline the latest changes in LGBTQ-related policies at the federal and state-level. Dr. Brittany Charlton (Co-Director of Harvard SOGIE) live tweeted the event and highlighted various places in need of advocacy. On the federal level, opportunities include: 1) Prohibiting bullying and discrimination in schools (H.R. 2653 Safe Schools Improvement Act; 2) Discrimination protections (H.R. 5 & S.788 Equality Act); 3) Restricting conversation therapy (H.R. 1981 Prohibition of Medicaid Funding for Conversation Therapy Act). We also discussed the importance of the Census given that LGBTQ folks live in many undercounted communities; being counted will increase funding for community services, ensure fair congressional districts, and improve civil rights enforcement.