A general lack of understanding and awareness about LGBTQ+ communities has led to negative impacts on the lung health status of LGBTQ+ Americans, including disparities in tobacco use, COPD and asthma. The transgender community suffers even more significant health inequities due to gaps in data and barriers to quality care, such as misinformation and biases within the U.S. healthcare system. In this webinar, we will hear from Adrien Lawyer, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (TGRCNM), as he shares a “transgender 101” and his personal connection as a trans man and advocate. We will also discuss lung health disparities in the LGBTQ+ community with Jamie Garfield, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Temple Lung Center of Temple University, and why collecting accurate LGBTQ+ data is important to addressing these disparities.
Jamie Garfield, M.D.
Jamie Garfield, M.D., is an associate professor of clinical thoracic medicine and surgery and an interventional pulmonologist at the Temple Lung Center at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and American Lung Association national spokesperson. Her areas of expertise include lung cancer, screening, lung nodules, smoking cessation, and interventional pulmonology. Dr. Garfield identifies as LGBTQ and has interests in women’s lung disease and health as well as LGBTQ awareness and health. In addition to her clinical and research interests, she is an award-winning leader in quality improvement as well as undergraduate and graduate medical education at LKSOM at Temple University and Temple University Hospital.
Adrien Lawyer is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. The TGRCNM is the only organization that provides a wide array of services solely for the transgender community in the state of New Mexico, including food, clothing, monthly bus passes, rapid HIV testing, counseling and much more. Adrien has presented Transgender 101 more than 1700 times all over the state of New Mexico and has been instrumental in doing advocacy at the individual and policy levels. For instance, TGRCNM worked with partners to change the law on birth certificate gender marker updates in New Mexico. He is a transgender man and a father and is working for equality and accessible resources for the entire transgender community.
Page last updated: November 29, 2023