NYU-Gold Webinar: As seen through a lens: LGBTQ+ Health and the Media

“Advancing Health Equity with Medical Humanities” was an illuminating Gold Humanism InSight Webinar series produced in collaboration with NYU Grossman School of Medicine.  The series touched upon topics including race and racism in medical education, how epilepsy is portrayed in popular culture, and disparities in infant and child mortality.  For more information about the entire webinar series, click here.

In this presentation, Christian Torres, MD, and Richard Greene, MD, MHPE, both faculty members at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, weave together the histories of LGBTQ+ health and its coverage in the news media.

Drs. Torres and Greene review the evolution of LGBTQ+ health in medical institutions, including understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, and issues in medical education, research, and clinical care. They also track the history of non-medical news media as it has covered LGBTQ+ health issues, from the AIDS crisis to the current push for health equity.

By reconciling these histories, this talk aims to promote a better understanding of the interplay between healthcare and media, and how they have at times lagged behind and other times pushed one another to better address the needs of LGBTQ+ patients.