Dr. Valerie Stone is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2020 LGBTQ Health Award
Massachusetts Medical Society | June 25, 2020

New Frontier in LGBTQ Health Care

HMS, Fenway physicians provide LGBTQ health care training at U.S. Army base in S. Korea.

Harvard Catalyst New Podcast Series on LGBT Health | August 28, 2019

This series features research conducted by Harvard Catalyst pilot grant awardees:  Sari Reisner, ScD (Boston Children's Hospital) on creating a tool to combat LGBTQ bullying in schools, Ana Progovac, PhD (Cambridge Health Alliance) on mental health in transgender populations, S. Bryn Austin, ScD (Boston Children's Hospital) on the health and economic impact of state laws on gender minorities, and Li Zhou, MD, PhD (Brigham and Women's Hospital) on using natural language processing and machine learning with electronic health records to identify LGBTQ patients. 

For the first and subsequent podcasts, go to:

NIH announces revised definition of sexual and gender minority (SMS) populations for research purposes | August 28, 2019

The revised definition reads:  SGM populations include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, and/or intersex. Individuals with same-sex or -gender attractions or behaviors and those with a difference in sex development are also included. These populations also encompass those who do not self-identify with one of these terms but whose sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or reproductive development is characterized by non-binary constructs of sexual orientation, gender, and/or sex.  This change in definition is not intended to exclude any person or population previously included under the former definition of SGM populations


March 2017

The Center for Primary Care and LGBT Office of Harvard Medical School are pleased to present a downloadable guide to Terminology Related to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and More. Please download and share the PDF with your colleagues and friends. 

Lesbian Health Fund | Call for Abstract Submissions | Deadline: May 1, 2017

The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of GLMA, has its next grant cycle planned for Spring 2017. In honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting, this cycle will give preference to funding research focused on societal and domestic violence affecting sexual minority women or girls.  LHF is currently accepting proposals for research through May 1, 2017.

On November 17, the funding opportunity, “Addressing LGBTQ Health Disparities through Translational Research” will open. This pilot grant was created in response to the call for more research resources, one of the topics discussed at the symposium on LGBTQ Bullying held this past May. The event was organized by the committee led by Mark Schuster, director of the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program. More...

HMS Podcast Library | June 22, 2016

Connecting the Dots: Unifying efforts across HMS to improve transgender health care

Jessica Halem, program manager of the LGBT Office within the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at HMS, shares some of the ways the Harvard Medical School community is working to reduce health care disparities for transgender patients. Efforts range from medical education and faculty training to research programs to environmental modifications, such as on doctor’s office intake forms and bathroom signs.

HMS News | June 17, 2016

Countering LGBTQ Bullying

Hope for decreasing bullying among society's most stigmatized youth

On May 10 an all-day symposium on LGBTQ bullying at Harvard Medical School entitled “Translating Research to Action to Improve the Health of All Youth.” was sponsored by several organizations, including the Health Disparities Research Program at Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, the Williams Institute at UCLA Law, Boston Children’s Hospital Division of General Pediatrics and the LGBT Office of the HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership.

The focus of the symposium was on the bullying—the constant name-calling, backstabbing, threats and violence that cause stress and have long-term physical and mental health consequences—endured by transgender as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer youth.


February 29, 2016

HMS LGBT Advisory Committee Member, Dr. Jennifer Potter appointed Advisory Dean and Director of the William B. Castle Society

The Academic Societies serve to support Harvard Medical School’s 230-year tradition of fostering and enhancing the interaction between students and faculty. All Harvard medical and dental students are members of one of five Academic Societies and remain a member of their society throughout the duration of their HMS experience. It is an integral part of the medical education experience for students.

Dr. Jennifer Potter, Associate Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Director of the Women’s Health Program and Women’s Health Research at Fenway Health and Director of Women’s Health Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will serve as the new Director of the Castle Society at HMS.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Potter trained in internal medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital. An innovator in medical student education at the national level, she was a major contributor to the Women’s Health Care Competencies for Medical Students published by APGO and is a Founding Member and Co-Chair of the AAMC AXIS Committee, which published the first-ever guidelines to help medical school faculty train future physicians to provide competent care for patients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), gender nonconforming, or born with differences of sex development.

Dr. Potter directs the HMS women’s health clerkship, and she serves as a faculty advisory for LAHMS – the LGBT student organization of HMS. She has been a recipient of both the Harold Amos Diversity Award from HMS and the Susan M. Love Award from Fenway Health, along with many other awards and prizes.