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Health in the LGBTQ Community with Jason Rafferty

Air Dates: February 12-17, 2019

Recently, the Trump administration proposed defining gender as an individual’s assigned sex at birth. But the medical community—including Dr. Jason Rafferty—tells us gender is not so simply expressed.

Rafferty graduated from Harvard Medical School and obtained post-graduate training through the Triple Board Residency at Brown University. He has additional Masters’ degrees from Harvard University in public health concentrating on Maternal and Child Health, and education focused on adolescent development and psychology.

Currently, he works in an integrated medical home at Thundermist Health Centers, in the Gender & Sexuality Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and the Co-occurring Disorders Program at Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital. He is involved with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), frequently reviewing policy and publications related to LGBTQ health. He is a member of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) where he sits on the Sexual and Reproductive Health Subcommittee. He is a board member for both Physicians for Reproductive Health and the Partnership for Male Youth. Dr. Rafferty is a 2017 Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists which recognizes graduating trainees deemed likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry.

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2 thoughts on “Health in the LGBTQ Community with Jason Rafferty

  • June 27, 2023 at 9:06 pm

    I find your comment about the “medical community” not defining gender as scientific is a falsehood. I believe way more doctors and scientists believe in science than do not. Also this doctor has a distinct agenda which is to push gender affirming surgeries and hormones on children who may not be trans. They could be a gay man like me who was told that I acted like a girl when I was young. Or they could be a child on the autistic spectrum or with poor body image. My suspicion is that he is gay as there is an element of the woke left in the gay movement which I believe represents a minority of gay men. People like me who look at science and biology are cancelled by people like this doctor. I think you need to have an opposing viewpoint instead of spreading this propaganda.

  • October 24, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    Are you going to jail?

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