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Scout, Ph.D.

Dr. Scout is the Director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at CenterLink and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He is a frequent public speaker and cultural competency trainer who specializes in tobacco, wellness, transgender health, social determinants, health disparities, and surveillance. As Director of the Network, he leads a team that provides a variety of technical assistance for state and federal health stakeholders and works to link local LGBT health advocates to each other (follow their activities on their blog, Dr. Scout has been doing LGBT health policy analysis for over 10 years. He was the named a Health Equity Champion by CDC last fall and National Youth Pride Services Advocate of the Year. In 2014 he looks forward to a Rockefeller Foundation writing residency in Italy where he'll pen a series of opeds about transgender health policy. Dr. Scout is an openly transgender father of three kids, as well as a vegetarian and aficionado of bikeshare programs across the U.S. His opinions are his own and do not reflect his employer or funders. Contact him via Twitter: @scoutout.

Entries by Scout, Ph.D.

Passing the Skinny, Young, Good-Looking Guys

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 3:48 PM


As I travel around the country for the Network for LGBT Health Equity, I get to hear the greatest stories from people. I heard a local newspaper profiled Robert Boo's incredible wellness story, so I asked him to tell me more....

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E-Cigarettes: Friend or Foe for the LGBT Communities?

(20) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Working in tobacco control sometimes elicits interesting reactions from people. Some try to hide their smoking. While I certainly appreciate not being near the smoke itself, I've got great empathy for smokers. In fact, since most smokers have already tried to quit, they're much more likely to be fellow fighters...

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Honestly, Signing up for Obamacare Was Hard but Worth It

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:38 PM


It's a bit embarrassing to admit how difficult it was to sign up for health insurance on the new exchanges. As a public health professional who's trying hard to spread the word that people need to #GetCovered, I was trying to studiously ignore...

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HHS Secretary Sebelius Meets With LGBT Leaders

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Earlier I asked you what you wanted me to say in the annual meeting with HHS Secretary Sebelius, now I'm back to report out on the meeting itself. This annual meeting with Secretary Sebelius is the chance for LGBT leadership to understand what's top on HHS's priority list...

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Sia Inspires Me to Be a Healthier Trans Person

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 8:15 PM

There's something oddly intimate about a person's exercise playlist. If you're like me and hear the same songs every day for 30 minutes to an hour of sweating, the playlist takes on its own life. Memories of pushing, sweating, and endorphins get laid on top of each track like delicious...

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Dr. Trans Goes to Washington

(5) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Thursday I'm pulling my suit jacket out of the closet, shining my shoes and heading down to DC. I'll be joining a small band of health leaders attending Secretary Sebelius' annual LGBT listening session. This is where we get to sound off on what we think would be good for...

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Let's Focus on LGBT Wellness

(15) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 8:43 AM

Hello! We are Liz and Scout, and we're excited to help announce the launch of HuffPost Gay Voices' new LGBT Wellness page.

Liz runs the National LGBT Cancer Network, and Scout directs CenterLink's Network for LGBT Health Equity. For years now,...

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How and Why to Help an LGBT Friend Stop Smoking

(5) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 9:34 AM

New Years Day is the probably the single biggest day for health in the LGBT communities -- that's when nearly 1/3 of the people affected by our top health issue, smoking, resolve to quit. LGBT people smoke cigarettes at rates that are 68 percent higher than the general...

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How Far Has LGBT Health Research Progressed Since Bush-Era 'Big Chill'?

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 5:03 PM

For any longtime LGBT health researcher, 2003 stands out -- it was the year that the Traditional Values Coalition compiled a list of research studies by the National Institutes of Health and slipped that list to Congress. What follows rocked the LGBT research world and was described by the New...

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Health Insurance Exchanges Might Not Be Accessible to Trans* People

(13) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 1:11 PM

As the largest-ever health insurance expansion rolls out, the promise of finally getting health care will be a boon for many -- but not necessarily for trans* people.

Last month the White House brought in LGBT community leaders from many states to a banner event helping us all understand...

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(A) Male, (B) Female, (C) Both, (D) Neither

(42) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 3:08 PM

Feminists taught me to throw out the gender binary, but neither beast nor fowl, those who move beyond the gender binary have a difficult road in a binary world.

Do you want to know the truth? I feel deeply male, yet I'd never want to be just a man. I...

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NIH Launches Unprecedented Call for Input on LGBTI Health

(10) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 2:48 PM

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the premier health research institution in the world, wants us to tell them what we care about in LGBTI and Two-Spirit health.

Last Thursday I joined a small group of colleagues who went down to the NIH campus for the first-ever LGBTI health...

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NIH Takes Important Steps for LGBT Health

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 9:18 PM

A year ago I wrote a HuffPost blog post decrying the apparent stall in LGBT research integration at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Now I'm happy to say NIH is moving forward with good speed on this topic.

Why is NIH integration of LGBT health research important?...

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Déjà Vu: National Surveys Leave Trans People Behind

(21) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 11:14 AM

You know your salary, right? But until you have proof of it on a W-2, it'd be pretty hard to do your tax return. What many people don't realize is that national data collection works the same way. LGBT health disparities, housing challenges, access to care problems, hate-crimes -- all...

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Who Has the Real Power to Stop Smoking? Hint: Not Smokers

(22) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 1:56 PM

I used to be annoyed with smokers; now that I'm involved in tobacco control work at The Fenway Institute's Network for LGBT Health Equity, I realize how that thinking is seriously misguided. The epitome of my boorish behavior occurred one New Year's Eve in New York...

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CDC Reaches Out to LGBT People in Smoking Cessation Ads

(9) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 7:27 PM

Yesterday I got the email I'd been waiting on for years. It was Alice, my ex and the mother of my children, asking, "Hey which smoking cessation do you think is best? I'm having no luck on my own." I might have to get a new job now.

You see,...

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Time for LGBT Communities to Stop Being Such Easy Targets for the Tobacco Industry

(13) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 1:24 PM

So many of my LGBT friends smoke, and yet I know it's not just about tobacco; it's a direct result of stigma and discrimination. When we come out in our teens, we're desperate for anything to help bolster social acceptance. Unfortunately, this is exactly the age range when people are...

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Where Do Romney and Obama Stand on Healthy Living?

(10) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 5:25 PM

Polls repeatedly show us one of the most important issues in the presidential election is health. Unfortunately, much of the health debate is being focused on health care, when analyses show us healthy living is the real key to curbing our spiraling health care costs.

A decade ago healthy...

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Science, Not Politics, Needs to Guide Policies Protecting Trans Youth

(15) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 2:10 PM

After my year-long research study on social determinants of transgender health, a leading conclusion was that we need to pass policies to protect our trans youth -- but now a hate group is threatening the lives of youth by drowning the science in inflammatory rhetoric.

Earlier this week...

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It's Time to Ask Our Friends and Family for LGBT Equality

(26) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 3:01 PM

Republicans should fear LGBT people. Why? Because for us the election isn't just about "the economy, stupid!" It's about our whole lives. If we activate our passion for equality, LGBT people can carry this election.

I envy the Americans who "aren't very political." Maybe all their friends can legally...

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