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Tuesday, October 27th at 3pm-4:30pm Eastern Time

The 2011 Institute of Medicine report “The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding” was a landmark study that informed a decade of research, advocacy, and policy to advance LGBT population health. On October 21, the National Academy of Sciences will release a new report that builds on the 2011 report and expands its scope to assess the status and wellbeing of LGBTQI and other sexual and gender diverse populations across the life course and in domains ranging from health and family formation to demography, community structures, law and policy, education, and employment. The new report is compiled by an expert committee and informed by several public meetings that brought input from community leaders from across the country. It uses an intersectional framework to assess the state of the science and provide recommendations for action-oriented research agendas that address overt and structural violence against LGBTQI+ people. The report’s analysis and conclusions pay particular attention to Black, indigenous, and other people of color; bisexual people; women; transgender people; intersex people; and other historically overlooked groups. This panel session will provide an overview of the report’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations.


· Stephen Russell: Moderator

· Sari Reisner: Violence Victimization in Sexual and Gender Diverse Populations (Past recipient of the Lear Award for outstanding Student Abstract)

o This presentation will discuss violence victimization in sexual and gender diverse populations, including epidemiology, risks and protective factors, interventions, and future gaps and opportunities.

· Kellan Baker: A Foot in the Door: Health Services Access for Sexual and Gender Diverse People  

o Sexual and gender diverse people often encounter forms of structural violence that create barriers to health services. These barriers include individual factors, such as health literacy; interpersonal factors, such as discrimination by health care providers; and broader structural factors, such as lower rates of health insurance coverage and higher rates of poverty among LGBTQI+ communities and households headed by same-sex couples. This presentation discusses these barriers to health services and provides an overview of key interventions to remove these barriers.

· Katharine Dalke: When the (Binary) Bough Breaks: Medical Paternalism, Institutional Violence, and Intersex Health

o The medical care of people born with variations in reproductive anatomy, also known as intersex traits or differences of sex development, has been controversial since the first US intersex advocates began characterizing treatment as a form of institutional violence in the 1990s. More recently, international human rights organizations have identified early genital surgeries as a violation of an intersex child’s human rights. This presentation will explore the historical and current landscape of intersex care and review the evidence that treatment can protect people from or expose them to violence and stigma.

· Angelique Harris: Activism as Resiliency: Responses to Community Violence

o LGBTQI communities have consistently faced both individual and structural violence and discrimination. In response to this violence, activism and sociopolitical involvement has been integral to the struggle for LGBTQI rights and the formation of LGBTQI communities. This presentation examines how activism within LGBTQI communities serves as a form of community resiliency and the key driver for social and community change.

2020 Scientific Sessions Final Program!

Research and Publications from Caucus Members

 If you are a caucus member and would like to share your work, contact us.

Allison MK, Marshall SA, Archie DS, Neher T, Stewart G, Anders ME, and Stewart MK.Transgender Health.Oct 2019. 4(1): 280-286; doi.org/10.1089/trgh.2019.0036

Marshall SA, Allison MK, Stewart MK, Thompson ND, Archie DS. Highest Priority Health and Health Care Concerns of Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals in a Southern State. Transgend Health. 2018;3(1):190-200. doi: 10.1089/trgh.2018.0003. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 30581992; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6301431

Stewart MK, Smith DA, Marshall SA, Allison MK, Robinson C. Transform Health Arkansas: A Transgender-Led Partnership Engaging Transgender/Non-Binary Arkansans in Defining Health Research Priorities. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 2017, 11 (4):417-439. PMID: 29332856 PMCID: PMC5771431 DOI: 10.1353/cpr.2017.0050

Results are in from the 2019 Membership Survey!

Periodically throughout the caucuses history we have come to our membership to request their assistance with checking the pulse of the caucus. To the left, we share some snapshots of the results. Currently our membership ranks are closer to 75 members, but we'll take what we can get for those responding to the survey!

If you have additional ideas you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you! 

About the Caucus

Since its founding in 1975, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Caucus has been an association of public health professionals committed to furthering LGBTQ issues within the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the field of public health at large. For more information about the LGBTQ Health Caucus, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


Heather Tillewein, Communications Chair


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