LGBT Events

Advancing Excellence in Sexual and Gender Minority Health Education:  A Train-the-Trainer Course for all Healthcare Professionals

March 25 – March 27, 2022

This train-the-trainer program is designed to teach participants best practices in delivering sexual and gender minority health education to colleagues and trainees at their health-care organization. Participants will learn how to teach sexual and gender minority concepts, terminology, and health disparities, and how to use relevant materials, activities, and strategies to lead effective trainings. This course also focuses on creating inclusive and affirming processes and environments for learning about sexual and gender minority health and prioritizes intersectional and community-based participatory approaches. 


LGBTQ+ Health Care Conference

March 24 - March 26, 2022

This event is designed for healthcare professionals, learners, researchers, patients, community organizations and interested community members who seek to understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ+ population.  Register:  LGBTQ+ Healthcare Conference

Care of Transgender and Gender Diverse Patients in Primary Care

February 3, 2022  |  12:00-1:00pm

This webinar will review why transgender health is a fundamental component of primary care, cover terminology related to gender identity, and discuss the holistic needs of transgender populations inclusive of preventative and gender affirming medical care.  Register

Vital Voices, a podcast hosted by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

October 11, 2021

An in-depth discussion on increasing LGBTQ+ inclusion in health professions learning environments.

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Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm


Too often, transgender and gender diverse youth can get caught up in various legislative bills or institutional practices that can affect their health and well-being. Meet four physicians who will discuss their thoughts and experiences around clinical advocacy and care.

Panel Speakers: 
Deanna Adkins, MD, Director of Child and Adolescent Gender Care Clinic, Duke University Children’s Hospital 
Frances Grimstad, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Gynecology, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Morissa Ladinsky, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Multidisciplinary Gender Team, University of Alabama at Birmingham 
Alden Landry, MD, MPH, Assistant Dean, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Cured (a documentary)
PBS – now streaming on PBS and the PBS Video app through November 30, 2021

CURED tells the story of the activists who brought about a pivotal but little-known victory in the movement for LGBTQ equality and dignity: the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Boston Children’s Hospital
Friday, November 19, 2021  |  2:00 PM-2:30 PM  ET

All are invited to attend this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance event recognizing the lives of trans people who have been lost to violence over the past year. Sadly, 2021 has already seen at least 45 transgender and gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other means, and nearly 400 people worldwide.

Join the live event on Zoom

Trans Day of Remembrance Community Space
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
November 19, 2021  |  4:00 – 5:00 pm via Zoom

All transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, two-spirit, and gender non-conforming staff in the Longwood Medical Area, its satellites, & MGH are invited to gather in a virtual space for community and connection.  If you are a cisgender ally, we hope you will instead join us for our SpeakOut event on 11/17.  For more information email: 

Registration required

Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Being LGBTQ+ in 2021
Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s LGBTQ+ & Friends ERG and SpeakOut Boston
November 17, 2021  |  12:00PM

The program will consist of speakers from SpeakOut Boston sharing their LGBTQ+ journey and present an opportunity for questions and open dialogue.

Registration required

Well-Being of Black and Other Transgender People of Color (webinar)
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
November 17, 2021 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm  ET

A panel of transgender community leaders will explore research findings about the disparities affecting BIPOC transgender communities that are described in the 2020 National Academies report Understanding the Well-Being of LGBTQI+ Populations.

Register here


For the faculty, staff, residents, fellows, post-docs and students of HMS, HSDM, affiliated hospitals and others of the Harvard community

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

In recognition of Pride Month, the Division of Women’s Health and Brigham Health LGBTQ and Friends invite you to a screening of:

Patient No More: A Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Diana Fraser

Wednesday, June 30, 2021   |   4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

2021 Pride CommuniT!

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

June 30, 2021 | 4:00 pm

All transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, two-spirit, and gender non-conforming staff and faculty in the Longwood Medical Area, its satellites, & MGB are invited to gather in a virtual space for community and connection. 

What Does Transgender and Gender Diverse Inclusivity Look Like in Research?

Brigham Research Institute

June 30, 2021 | 12:00 pm

In celebration of Pride month, the Brigham Research Institute (BRI) and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) are hosting an hour-long panel discussion on transgender and gender diverse inclusivity in research. Researchers in all fields are encouraged to attend and hear from our expert panel, moderated by Dr. Kathryn Rexrode and featuring Dr. Sari Reisner, Director of Transgender Research at BWH; Dr. Frances Grimstad, Director of Trans Reproductive Health Service at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Rodrigo Aguayo-Romero, postdoctoral fellow in Endocrinology at BWH and The Fenway Institute. The event is open to all MGB and Harvard affiliated employees and students. The event will also be recorded and live captioned.

Celebrate Pride Month! Join colleagues at this free program:

Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse People

This one-hour webinar is sponsored by the MMS Committee on LGBTQ Matters.

Topic: Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse People 

Speaker: Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, director of Education and Training Programs, The Fenway Institute

June 23, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Documentary Screening

Jack & Yaya

June 22, 2021 | 8:00 pm (EDT) on public television's World Channel

The film will also be available to stream on the PBS app:

Intersex and Medicine:  A Policy Educational Session

Intersex Justice Project

June 14, 2021 | 6.30-7.30pm

The goals of the session are to educate policymakers, activists and healthcare workers about intersex health and current justice movements. The talk will feature an in-depth medical literature review, the problems with contemporary genital cosmetic surgeries in infancy such as clitoral reductions, and the future of gender diverse and consensual medical care for intersex people. 

Celebrate Pride! Coming Out Or Not: Considerations & Experiences at HMS & Affiliate Hospitals

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

LGBTQ Retreat for HMS, HSDM, and Hospital Affiliate Faculty, Staff, Residents, Fellows, Post-docs and Students  – Year Two

(supported by a Dean’s Innovation Award for Diversity and Inclusion; date and time to be announced)

2021 LGBTQ Health Awareness Month

Sponsored by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, LGBTQ & Friends and the Boston Children's Rainbow Consortium on Sexual and Gender Diversity

March 9 - March 30, 2021


Past Events

Equity and Social Justice:  The Use of SOGI Data in Research and Health Care

January 27, 2021 | Watch

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) data is not yet universally collected by electronic health records, health systems, and researchers.  Incorporating this data can help eliminate barriers to care, illuminate health disparities, and strengthen research. This discussion will focus on best practices in SOGI data collection and implementation.

LGBTQ Retreat for HMS, HSDM and Hospital Affiliates - Year One

October 7 and October 14, 2020

LGBTQ and Allies Reception for HMS, HSDM, and Hospital Affiliates

September 29, 2020


Sponsored by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, LGBTQ & Friends and the Boston Children's Rainbow Consortium on Sexual and Gender Diversity

March 9 - March 30, 2021



    Secret Court 100: Harvard's Queer Century

    Panelists: Professor Evelynn Hammonds, Professor Robert Reid-Pharr, Reverend Aric B. Flemming, and Kamille Washington

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 6pm (EDT)
  • June LGBTQ+ Pride Month

    History's Apology: Social Movements and Sexual Rights in the Postcolonial World

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaker: Durba Mitra
Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and
Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor, Harvard University

Our speaker will explore the history of social movements for sexual rights and current issues related to women and LGBTQIA communities from a global perspective. She will trace the impact of the HIV/AIDs pandemic on organizing for LGBTQ rights in South Asia in particular, and reflect on the complex role of the history of the AIDs pandemic in global claims for sexual rights.How can we think of the crisis of pandemics as pivotal moments to imagine radical social change? There will be time for Q & A.

Join by Zoom: All meetingvlinks are distributed via the LGBT_Office listserv. To join the listserv or alternatively to request this one‐time meeting link, contact by using your Harvard or hospital affiliation email account.

LGBT Advisory Committee | LAHMS | Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative | Countway Library |
Harvard SOGIE Health Equity Research Collaborative | Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s LGBTQ Advisory
Group | Boston Children’s LGBTQ & Friends Group | Brigham Health LGBTQ & Friends | Dana Farber Cancer Institute
LGBTQ+ & Friends Employee Resource Group

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Harvard Medical School Pride  (throughout June)

COVID-19 may have cancelled Boston Pride but an ad hoc committee from DICP, ORMA, LAHMS and Countway is currently planning a few virtually based opportunities for us to come together in celebration of our LGBTQIA+ community.  We suggest that you subscribe to the LGBT Office listserv for future communications.  Contact to subscribe (please use your Harvard University or affiliate email address).

Global Pride 2020    (June 27)

Amid the Covid-19 crisis currently affecting the globe, many of the world's more than 200 LGBTQ pride parades have been postponed or canceled. As a result an international community of LGBTQ organizations and pride committees have joined forces to bring Global Pride 2020, which will operate under the motto of: Exist. Persist. Resist.  


  • COVID-19 and the LGBTQ+ community: Rising to unique challenges

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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

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

Sponsors: LAHMS, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, and queer students); Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative; Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) LGBT Office; and Harvard SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) Health Equity Research Collaborative.

  • LGBTQ+ Community Connection

Tuesday, May 19, 2020  |  12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

A virtual social hour for the LGBTQ+ Community of Harvard Medical School and its affiliates

Lunch and Zoom

An opportunity to get together with others who identify somewhere under the LGBTQIA umbrella to network and engage in some light-hearted conversation.  This is a casual meet-up so feel free to bring your lunch.

  • Musings on the Impact of Covid and on Being LGBTQ

Wednesday, April 22, 2020  |  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

a brief presentation and discussion led by Marshall Forstein, M.D. for the LGBTQ+ community of Harvard Medical School and its affiliates

Join us for this special online session to be led by Marshall Forstein, M.D., a Cambridge Health Alliance psychiatrist and past member of the LBGT Advisory Committee to the Dean.  We will start with a brief presentation about how LGBTQ people are particularly affected by the Covid epidemic, followed by an open discussion about the special needs of members of the various LGBTQ communities affected.

Background:  For those of us who have LGBTQ identities, we know at what cost we live our lives when we remain invisible or feel the need to retreat back to that invisibility.  This cost knows no gender, no race, no age.  However, for those who are LGBTQ people of color, homeless or disabled the COVID crisis may present even more of a quandary in trying to balance the risks and benefits of authentication of oneself in the social matrix in which we live.  As we all muddle through the current epidemic, we must remember the lessons of the past… to acknowledge the costs that lie in the loss of physical proximity and touch, and of the costs associated with a retreat into invisibility so that we stay united and vigilant in mitigating them.


Meeting Transcript 

  • LGBTQ+ Community Connection

April 1, 7 and 15, 2020  |  4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

A virtual social hour for the LGBTQ+ Community of Harvard Medical School and its affiliates

Pause for a moment and do something to lighten your soul – join with kindred spirits for a stress-busting gathering. Whether you are on the front lines providing health care, working from home and feeling isolated, or taking care of little ones and desperate for some adult time, claim 45 minutes. Meet some new people, share your latest humorous memes, videos, or song adaptations that have emerged due to the pandemic, or otherwise engage in some light-hearted conversation.

Co-sponsored by LGBT Programs of the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and The LGBT Advisory Committee to the Dean