Bringing Sexy Back: Why Gender Identity and Sexuality Are Essential in Routine Primary Care
Thursday, December 10, 2020

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  • Forrest Hosea (pronouns: they/them/their) is a Research Assistant for the Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement at Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute. They anticipate graduating with their MPH in Spring 2021 from George Washington University. Forrest is a nonbinary, trans masculine person with a penchant for Michigan-based LGBTQ advocacy. Previous projects have involved voter education and GOTV, co-hosting a LGBTQ youth-led sexual education convening at Wayne State University, speaking on LGBTQ educational panels, creating and facilitating workplace-based LGBTQ cultural competency trainings, and more. Their current projects focus on research surrounding LGBTQ health disparities and cancer.
  • Truman Hudson, Jr., Ed.D. (pronouns: he/him/his) - social economist, is an author, educator and community builder who co-designed programs at The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Wayne State University (WSU) and Wayne County Community College District. His community-building efforts have yielded over $968 million in resources for various educational and community economic development projects that benefited individuals from traditionally marginalized communities. Through his work at Wayne State University, Hudson is currently investigating youth perspectives on COVID19 and social justice movements and how systems influence Black men’s health.
  • Knoll Larkin, M.P.H. (pronouns: he/him/his) has served as the Director at Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement at Karmanos Cancer Institute since 2017. Larkin completed his master's in public health from the University of Michigan. Mr. Larkin is a transman and has been involved in the LGBTQ community in Metro Detroit for the past 15 years through advocacy, training, education/prevention activities, and public health research. Mr. Larkin has developed and delivered over 100 presentations and training sessions throughout the state of Michigan for physical and mental health care providers, medical students, health care systems and service agencies focused on providing culturally competent care to LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Hayley Thompson, Ph.D. (pronouns: she/her/hers) - A Professor of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is also Associate Center Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at Karmanos Cancer Institute. In this role, she supervised Karmanos' Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement, which monitors cancer disparities and collaborates with community partners throughout Karmanos' 46-county catchment area. Dr. Thompson's research addresses disparities in cancer care and equitable outcomes through community-based initiatives and culturally targeted interventions. She has received extramural funding from a number of agencies and foundations to conduct this work.

This webinar is the first of a two-part series focusing on the importance of incorporating discussions around gender identity, gender expression and sexuality into primary care visits, specifically LGBTQ identity and sex positivity. The LBGTQ population is disproportionately affected by health disparities due to social stigma, discrimination and continued denial of their civil human rights. These disparities are exacerbated by avoiding or postponing seeing doctors due to fear of discrimination. Including open and honest discussion of patient sexuality creates a more inviting environment for LGBTQ patients and makes health care more accessible to this population. This first webinar will focus on LGBTQ health disparities and ways to ensure a safe, affirming patient-centered environment.


  • To increase knowledge about LGBTQ health and social service needs
  • To increase LGBTQ affirming attitudes of participants
  • To increase LGBTQ affirming behaviors of participants

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common LGBTQ health disparities
  • Identify at least three risk factors that contribute to LGBTQ health disparities
  • Enact at least two ways to affirm gender nonconforming clients and patients by using gender neutral language

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™