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HRC Sets Sights on Johns Hopkins After Controversial Trans Report
The fate of transgender Americans may now be in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, as it decides whether to hear the case of trans student Gavin Grimm, who is suing his school district in order to use the boys' bathroom. Those who would deny individuals Grimm their civil rights, however, hope to block not just their right to pee — but to be.
RELATED: Supreme Court Blocks Transgender Bathroom Ruling
The focus of many in the anti-trans movement is to erase what it means to be trans, as evidenced by the position statement issued recently by the American College of Pediatricians, not to be confused with the American Academy of Pediatricians. The so-called College denies some children are transgender and benefit from being respected in those identities.
Paul R. McHugh, M.D (left) and Lawrence S. Mayer, M.B., M.S., Ph.D. (right)NBC News
The movement’s latest effort is a controversial 143-page report that LGBTQ advocates consider an early Christmas gift to religious conservatives. Its authors are Dr. Paul McHugh and Dr. Lawrence Mayer of Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., who between them have never conducted independent research on LGBTQ Americans.
McHugh, a retired professor at Johns Hopkins and a psychiatrist who considers being trans a “mental disorder,” collaborated with Mayer to change what people think about sexuality and gender through science.
This is an opponent of transgender rights who made a name for himself by declaring homosexuality a choice, lending his expertise to legal efforts to block same-sex marriage in California.
The self-described cultural conservative and strict Catholic once compared the practice of administering hormone therapy to children as akin to performing “liposuction on an anorexic child.”
Mayer, a biostatistician and epidemiologist, recently served as a $400-an-hour expert witness in North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s defense of House Bill 2, the Republican-sponsored state law that restricts transgender people to bathrooms matching their birth certificates.
Their report is titled “Sexuality and Gender: Findings From the Biological, Psychological and Social Sciences” and is billed as “a careful summary and an up-to-date explanation of research — from the biological, psychological, and social sciences — related to sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Among the report's claims:
- LGBTQ people are not “born this way,“ yet biological sex is innate.
- Gender identity is an “elusive concept,” and so transgender people do not exist.
- It is harmful to so-called “confused” children to offer them transgender treatment and societal accommodations. Instead, they need non-surgical intervention.
Who's Behind the Report?
The paper was published in The New Atlantis, which is not a peer-reviewed medical journal, where reports by members of the Johns Hopkins team might normally be found. Instead, it’s the product of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), a Christian-focused conservative think tank “dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical areas of public policy.”
Even if you’ve never heard of EPPC, their stance on some key issues in LGBTQ life will be familiar. The group supported the now-defunct Defense of Marriage Act, objected to the elimination of Don’t Ask, Don’t tell and supports efforts by conservative states to enact religious freedom restoration acts.
Although it might appear unusual that Johns Hopkins healthcare professionals would publish a paper of this kind in a religious publication with a political agenda, Mayer shrugged it off. He conceded in an email to ThinkProgress that the report “may be politically biased but it is not scientifically biased.”
To the religious right wing of American politics, and in particular its leaders in the anti-gay and anti-transgender movement, the report is seen as “groundbreaking.
” That’s what Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, called it: a study that will “expose the lies of the media and LGBT activists, that contradict not only common sense but also the best scientific knowledge.”
Human Rights Campaign Takes Action
But all that knowledge is going to be costly. NBC OUT has learned that unless Mayer and McHugh’s bosses at Johns Hopkins immediately disassociate themselves from what the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) considers their transphobic findings, the reputation of the university, its medical school and its hospitals may suffer.
The claims made by the authors have triggered an unprecedented review by HRC, which is the nation’s leading LGBTQ civil rights organization. The group says it has been warning the internationally respected university medical school for several months that it will remove its name from an elite classification in its Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) unless action is taken.
A person with knowledge of HRC’s leadership decisions told NBC OUT that after repeated warnings, Johns Hopkins is now on the brink of losing its perfect score on that closely-watched benchmark for LGBTQ equality. The source provided the text of a warning sent in June, prior to the release of the report by Dr. Mayer and Dr. McHugh:
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“Failure to take significant steps to distance Johns Hopkins Medicine from this line of Dr. McHugh’s personal beliefs and opinions will be considered an activity that undermines LGBTQ equality and patient care for the purposes of the Healthcare Equality Index score for Johns Hopkins Hospital.”
How important is the HEI ranking? James Page Jr., the top man in charge of diversity at Johns Hopkins Medicine, explained it best in March in a press release:
“We recognize the importance of a leader in health care also being a leader in health care equality,” Page was quoted as saying in the statement heralding their latest perfect HEI score. “We are dedicated to making Johns Hopkins Medicine a fully inclusive place to work and seek care, and we are pleased to see our efforts being recognized.”
“The ‘research’ Paul McHugh has been releasing and peddling and marketing are a weapon in the arsenal of anti-transgender politicians and extremists.”
So, one would suspect it matters to Johns Hopkins that it would continue to be selected for this honor, to be one of fewer than 150 institutions chosen from more than 2,000 health care facilities nationwide.
It’s a sought-after recognition that follows a rigorous, independent evaluation of an institution's policies and practices that is, as HRC states on its website, “related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.”
NBC OUT reached out to spokespersons for both Johns Hopkins Medicine as well as the university, in hopes of getting their reaction to its endangered perfect score, and to ask whether anyone would endorse or would condemn the controversial report on transgender Americans.
A spokeswoman for Johns Hopkins Medicine, representing both institutions, addressed the issue via email, but refused to directly address the report:
“The Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System are deeply committed to inclusiveness, including respect and support for our LGBTQ students, patients, employees and other members of the Johns Hopkins community.
“As one of the world’s leading research institutions, we value scientific integrity and academic freedom. While members of our faculty are free to share their views and opinions, it is important to understand that those do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of our institution.”
In other words, they’re not endorsing Mayer and McHugh and “not necessarily” distancing themselves, either. On Monday, HRC sent another warning letter to Johns Hopkins, mentioning the report in the New Atlantis, according to the HRC official who requested anonymity.
Sarah McBride, HRC's national press secretary and the first-ever transgender speaker at an American political convention, talked to NBC OUT on the record and said she believed the report by Mayer and McHugh posed “dangerous consequences for transgender people, in particular transgender young people.”
McBride noted that in contrast to what is popularly viewed as a year of tremendous acceptance and progress for transgender Americans, the stark reality is that trans people and their allies nationwide are on the defensive. “This year in particular, trans people have experienced pretty significant and harmful political and legislative attacks,” she said in a phone interview.
“The ‘research’ Paul McHugh has been releasing and peddling and marketing are a weapon in the arsenal of anti-transgender politicians and extremists.”
Kim Hoppe, a Johns Hopkins spokeswoman, issued a subsequent statement to NBC OUT, expressing pride for its HEI ranking and “inclusiveness.” But first and foremost, Hoppe defended Johns Hopkins' dedication to providing its staff with “academic integrity and freedom of expression,” which seems to suggest a resolution to this standoff may not be reached:
“This means both that the university will not penalize faculty for statements made in public debate and that we are committed to a strong principle of academic freedom in teaching and research. This is true even when a faculty member is expressing views that provoke controversy and others may consider wrong.“
Although Hoppe did not directly answer NBC OUT's questions about its HEI ranking, she remained firm in deflecting the impact Mayer’s and McHugh’s opinions would have on the university:
“At times, the views of individuals are imputed to the university for which they work, and that may unfortunately affect others’ views of the institution. I can assure you that as health care providers, we have taken steps across all of our hospitals to live up to the policy requirements to qualify as a leader in LGBT health care equality.”
Not so fast, implied McBride. “There’s no question that the public narrative is that this is a Hopkins study,” and unless the institution were to take action there will be “consequences,” she added. As to what those might be, McBride later emailed a statement to NBC OUT to shed a few new details.
“We are deeply troubled by the continued use of Johns Hopkins' name and reputation to back up the unscientific, unfounded, and harmful personal prejudices of a few of their doctors.
We have repeatedly reached out to Johns Hopkins to express our disappointment and anger with the ongoing use of their credibility to back up discredited theories.
The next version of our HEI will include criteria regarding institutional support for similar anti-LGBTQ actions, which means that unless Johns Hopkins addresses this situation, their score will be significantly impacted. We have made and will continue to make that fact clear to Johns Hopkins as we work to end this practice.”
The Science Behind the Report
Ideology can be debated, but what of science? The Advocate invited Dean Hamer, PhD., to investigate Mayer and McHugh’s report. Hamer, who is scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, took a scalpel to Mayer and McHugh’s claims in a scathing review titled New 'Scientific' Study on Sexuality, Gender Is Neither New nor Science.
Hamer did not mince words in his article, writing in conclusion: “When the data we have struggled so long and hard to collect is twisted and misinterpreted by people who call themselves scientists, and who receive the benefits and protection of a mainstream institution such as John Hopkins Medical School, it disgusts me.”
Johns Hopkins to Offer 'Gender-Affirming Therapies'
The affiliation of Mayer and McHugh with Johns Hopkins is even more relevant considering Johns Hopkins Medicine, according to a Pride letter it released in June, “will join a growing number of leading academic medical centers this fall in offering gender-affirming therapies for transgender patients, including sex reassignment surgery and hormonal treatment as part of a range of support options available.”
“Members of our Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit are deeply engaged in offering affirming care to our transgender patients,” Hoppe told NBC OUT. “We have established two steering committees related to continuously improving the competency of our workforce in the care of LGBT patients, and this work will further our ongoing expansion of services to the transgender and LGBT community.”
“Johns Hopkins Medicine fully recognizes that gender transition services can be medically necessary for patients, as determined through evaluation by a qualified medical provider, and we will continue to treat each of our patients with the highest level of care and respect,” Hoppe added.
While that speaks to the medical branch of the university as a whole, it leaves open the door to McHugh, Mayer and others to potentially influence individual treatment.
The End Game
The real test of Mayer and McHugh's controversial report will be whether it is largely ignored, as Dr. Hamer believes it will be, or whether it will find its way into the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court justices as they consider what could be a precedent-setting case on trans civil rights.
Dawn Ennis is an award-winning journalist who was the first to transition in a network TV newsroom. She is now a freelance writer, producer and editor, as well as a widow, a single parent of three children, and the subject of an award-winning documentary, Before Dawn/After Don. Ennis is also on , on and blogging at lifeafterdawn.com
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LGBTQ Groups at Hopkins
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LGBTA Student Groups at Hopkins
The Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance (DSAGA) is the LGBTA undergraduate student organization on the Homewood Campus. Everyone (grads and undergraduates a) is welcome to attend meetings held every Monday at 9PM in Mattin 160.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (oSTEM) is a national student society dedicated to increasing the participation of people who identify with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or ally (LGBTQA) communities in disciplines related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Meetings are held every other Tuesday at 6pm in Gillman 119.
The Gertrude Stein Society is an organization for LGBTA members of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, including the Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Medicine. Email GSS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRISM (formerly known as the Peabody GSA) is an advocacy group at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University for those in the LGBTQ spectrum. PRISM meets most Thursdays at 9 pm in Peabody Classroom B.
SAIS Pride is for LGBTQ students and allies at SAIS to come together, share ideas, and be part of a community.
Carey Pride supports LGBTQ students / staff and straight allies who are promoting a stronger community for LGBTQ individuals at Carey Business School, through social events professional development.
We are working to gather graduate students in and around Homewood to join the LGBTQA grad group. Join the listserv here!
Other LGBTA Groups at Hopkins
The LGBT Working Group consists of JHSPH faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are committed to strengthening LGBT public health research and practice at JHSPH with the broader aim of contributing to research and public health practice in this area. The Working Group is committed to addressing and improving LGBT health status and health equity locally, nationally, and internationally. Contact Dan Siconolfi for more information.
Housed within The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System, The Network of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees and Supporters seeks to create a welcoming and affirming environment for LGBT employees, patients, families, and friends. Contact Greg Rex for more information.
The Applied Physics Lab hosts Allies in the Workplace, which advocates for a non-discriminatory and diverse working environment, and specifically for issues of importance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and supporters. Contact Max Crownover for more information. And check out their article on National Coming Out Day.
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Johns Hopkins Hospital Opens Center for Transgender Health
After nearly 40 years, Johns Hopkins Hospital has officially reversed its policy on transgender health and “is moving forward to take care of transgender people in a supportive, affirming way that's grounded in evidence-based medicine.” This is according to Paula M. Neira, the clinical program director for the new Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health. Neira, a former naval officer, a lawyer, and an advocate, left the military to transition from male to female.
A little history: In the early 1960s, Johns Hopkins was in the forefront of gender-identity science, and its Baltimore hospital was the site of the nation's first gender-affirmation surgery (then “change of sex operation”) in 1966. Hopkins halted surgeries in 1979 while Paul McHugh was the chief of psychiatry.
McHugh believed that by conducting surgeries “Hopkins was fundamentally cooperating with a mental illness,” concurring with the findings of a study by Jon Meyer, who ran the hospital's Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit. Meyer hypothesized that sex change surgery conveys “no objective advantage in terms of social rehabilitation.
” Both McHugh and Meyer remain associated with Hopkins, although McHugh's tenure as head of psychiatry ended in 2001.
As of July 2016, in a letter to the LGBT community, Hopkins announced plans for the Center of Transgender Health.
Then in October, the former chief of psychiatry co-authored a report with a Hopkins scholar in residence contending that neither sexual orientation nor gender identity are biologically determined. The report was published in a conservative publication, New Atlantis.
McHugh's name was also on an amicus brief opposing the case of Gavin Grimm, the transgender Virginia student, and McHugh has successfully lobbied to keep gender-reassignment surgery from becoming a Medicare benefit.
In response to the gaining notoriety of the report in conservative media, Tonia Poteat, an epidemiologist at Hopkins and expert on transgender issues, and colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health denounced the report.
Subsequently more than 600 students, faculty members, interns, alumni and others at the medical school also signed a petition calling on Hopkins to disavow the paper and to continue with developing the center.
The hospital has continued developing the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health and expects the Center to be fully operational this summer.
In response to the notoriety of McHugh's report and the negative publicity, the hospital has stated that it strongly and unambiguously supports the LGBT community but acknowledges the right of individuals associated with Hopkins to express views contrary to its official policy.
Mark Hamby is an attorney with Widdows Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Book Selections and Health Resources: LGBTQ Health
A Healthy People 2020 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health report revealed a shortage of health care providers knowledgeable in LGBT health. It recommended that medical schools increase student training for appropriate care and cultural understanding of LGBTQ health and wellness concerns.
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Order a poster and bookmark set from the American Library Association featuring the vibrant art of Kristyna Litten, illustrator of This Day in June, a winner of the 2015 Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and a Top Ten Rainbow List Title.
Then read the children's book that teaches respect, acceptance, and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Included is a reading guide with facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways.
This Day in June | Gayle E Pitman PhD | Magination Press | 2014 | 32 pages | ISBN: 978-1433816598
Incorporate LGBT materials into your library programming. The LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum references K-12 educational resources, lesson plans, and children's books to foster respectful behavior, critical thinking, and social justice through exploration and discovery of LGBT people, history, and culture.
TRANS+ is a guide for teens who are transgender, non-binary, gender-nonconforming, gender-fluid, queer, or questioning their sexual and gender identity. It answers both easy and hard questions about gender and covers mental health, physical health, reproduction, transitioning, relationships, sex, and life as a queer individual. Young Adult Ages 15-18
Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You | Karen Rayne PhD and Kathryn Gonzales MBA | Magination Press | 2019 | 304 pages | ISBN: 978-1433829833
Microaggressions are interactions that occur in a wide variety of social settings, including school or the workplace, among friends and family, and even among other LGBT people.
These accumulated experiences are associated with feelings of victimization, suicidal thinking, and higher rates of substance abuse, depression, and other health problems among members of the LGBT community. Case examples make the book, That's So Gay!, ideal for discussion.
Each case is followed by an analysis of the elements involved in microaggressions and questions for the reader to reflect upon.
That's So Gay!: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community | Kevin L Nadal PhD | American Psychological Association | 2013 | 220 pages | ISBN: 978-143381280
The Lives of LGBT Older Adults uses a life course perspective to investigate how LGBT older adults have been shaped by social stigma and systematic discrimination.
Although many of their experiences are similar to those of younger LGBT individuals, LGBT elders grew up in a particularly oppressive time, which continues to impact their well-being.
However, these individuals have also developed coping mechanisms to adapt to stigma, discrimination, and the challenges of aging.
The Lives of LGBT Older Adults: Understanding Challenges and Resilience | Nancy A Orel PhD and Christine A Fruhaurf PhD | American Psychological Association | 2015 | 241 pages | ISBN: 978-1433817632
Library Skills Training
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) provides in-person and online instruction. Webinars often are recorded for future viewing. Check the NNLM Training page for a complete list of programs and schedules.
Webinar: Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth,June 7, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT
LGBTQ Working Group
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The LGBTQ Public Health Working Group at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) seeks to advance training, science, research and community collaboration with regard to the health and health disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) populations.
The Working Group consists of JHSPH faculty, staff, students and alumni who are committed to making JHSPH a leader in LGBTQ public health by expanding knowledge on LGBTQ public health issues and encouraging networking among those interested in LGBTQ health. The Working Group operates within a larger framework addressing social determinants of health, reducing health disparities and enhancing health equity.
The Working Group meets monthly and welcomes new members who share our commitment to addressing and improving LGBTQ health status and health equity locally, nationally and internationally. If you would to be added to the LGBTQ Working Group listserv to receive alerts and invitations about our regular meetings, please contact John Mark Wiginton.
Our efforts at the Bloomberg School include curriculum development, sponsoring academic events and creating opportunities for professional networking.
One specific goal is the creation of a certificate in LGBTQ public health, which is under construction at this time.
As part of this effort, the Working Group has supported the development of four new courses, which will form the nucleus of the LGBTQ public health certificate:
- Epidemiology of LGBT health (550.629.01 and 550.629.98)
- Legal and Public Health Issues in the Regulation of Intimacy (306.660.01)
- Gay, Bisexual and other Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and HIV: Theoretical Perspectives on the U.S. Epidemic (410.681.01)
- Global Perspectives on LGBT Health (410.683.60)
News and Events
October 6, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Our Speaker Series brings leading LGBTQ health researchers and practitioners to JHSPH.
Ilan Meyer, PhDMinority Stress and the Health of Sexual and Gender Minorities: Challenges and Innovations in Population Studies – April 4, 2017 Location and Time TBD
Lunch will be provided.
We host an ongoing LGBTQ Health Film Series that is open to students, faculty and staff from the Schools of Public Health, Nursing, Medicine and the larger Homewood campus, as well as the general public.
Films that address LGBTQ-relevant issues are screened and usually followed by a post-screening discussion by invited panelists from within and outside the Hopkins community and moderated by Hopkins Faculty.
Check It – February 28, 20173:30-5:30 p.m. Wolfe Street Building, Room W3008
Dinner will be provided.
Kiki – Date in April TBD Time and Location TBD
Dinner will be provided.
The Working Group organizes an annual Research Retreat, which is designed to connect faculty, staff and students engaged in LGBTQ health-related research, to provide an opportunity for them to showcase their work, and to publicize the availability of relevant datasets.
April 14, 201712:00-4:00 p.m. Wolfe Street Building, Room W1030
Lunch will be provided.
The LGBTQ Working Group, in collaboration with SOURCE, invites you to our annual “Meet, Greet and Come Out” networking event.
This event provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to meet with representatives from organizations in the Baltimore area that are working with the LGBTQ community.
Have lunch with some of the leading community-based organizations in LGBTQ health, and discuss opportunities for practicums, capstones, volunteer work or even future jobs!
Monday, Oct. 10, 201612:00 – 1:30 PMWolfe Street Building
Anna Baetjer Room, W1030
Working Group Membership Roster
The working group includes a range of LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ faculty, staff and students engaged in and supportive of further research and scholarship on LGBTQ health. The Working Group student coordinator is John Mark Wiginton.
Faculty and Staff
Chris BeyrerDesmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human RightsAppointments in the Departments of Epidemiology, International Health, Health, Behavior and Society, and the School of NursingDirector, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (JHU CFAR)
Danielle GermanCo-Director, MHS program in Social Factors
Assistant Professor, Health, Behavior and Society
David JerniganDirector, Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth
Associate Professor, Health, Behavior and Society
Assistant Professor, Health, Behavior and Society
Renee JohnsonDeputy Director, Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program
Assistant Professor, Mental Health
Instructor, Surgery and Health Sciences Informatics
Errol FieldAssistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, JHU School of Medicine
Department of Health Behavior and Society, JHSPH
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Renata Arrington Sanders
Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Joanne RosenDirector, Clinic for Public Health Law and Policy
Associate Lecturer, Health Policy and Management
Director of LGBTQ Life, Homewood Campus
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training program, Department of Mental Health
John Mark Wiginton, Doctoral candidate, Health, Behavior and Society, LGBTQ Working Group Student coordinator
Anna Flynn, Doctoral candidate, Mental Health
Cory Bradley, Doctoral candidate, Health, Behavior and Society
Yuru Huang, Master of Health Science candidate, Infectious Diseases
Alden Lai, Doctoral candidate, Health Policy and Management
LGBTQA Groups | LGBTQ Life
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The Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance (DSAGA) is the LGBTQA undergraduate student organization on the Homewood Campus. Everyone (grads and undergraduates a) is welcome to attend meetings held every Monday at 9:30 PM. Find more on our DSAGA page.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (oSTEM) is a national student society dedicated to increasing the participation of people who identify with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or ally (LGBTQA) communities in disciplines related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Events are held every two weeks. Email oSTEM@jhu.edu for more information or find us on our oSTEM page.
The Graduate Queer-Straight Alliance (GQSA) supports graduate students in and around Homewood. Join the listserv here! Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gertrude Stein Society is an organization for LGBTA members of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, including the Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Medicine. Email GSS at email@example.com or find us on our JHMI Gertrude Stein Society page.
Peabody Organization for Diverse Identities (PODI) is an advocacy group at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University for those in the LGBTQ spectrum.
SAIS Pride is for LGBTQ students and allies at SAIS to come together, share ideas, and be part of a community. Also, for the SAIS campus in Bologna, Italy, there is Pride (SAIS Europe).
Out For Business is Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s LGBTQA Club. We are dedicated to building a community where members can socialize and network.
Staff and Faculty LGBTQA Groups
Housed within The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System, The Network of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees and Supporters seek to create a welcoming and affirming environment for LGBT employees, patients, families, and friends. Contact Greg Rex for more information.
The Applied Physics Lab hosts Allies in the Workplace, which advocates for a non-discriminatory and diverse working environment, and specifically for issues of importance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and supporters. And check out their article on National Coming Out Day.
Spectrum supports LGBTQA staff and faculty at the JHU Homewood campus. Join our mailing list here!
JhPRIDEgo supports LGBTQA staff at Jhpiego.
Sibley Hospital organizes the LGBTQ Committee which works to ensure that Sibley is the most welcoming hospital to D.C.’s LGBTQ community.
The SPH LGBTQ Working Group consists of School of Public Health faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are committed to strengthening LGBT public health research and practice at JHSPH with the broader aim of contributing to research and public health practice in this area. The Working Group is committed to addressing and improving LGBTQ health status and health equity locally, nationally, and internationally. The group is responsible for the LGBTQ Public Health Certificate Program.
The Homewood Counseling Center offers an LGBTQ-specific support group for undergraduates and graduates in Peabody, KSAS, and WSE programs.
The Center for Transgender Health aims to reduce health care disparities and improve the overall health of the transgender community through world-class clinical care, medical education and research.
JHU Pride is the network for LGBTA alumni at Hopkins. Find them on JHU Pride Alumni Community page and !