For more than a decade, Dr. Streed has been advocating for the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and communities. Prior to entering a career in medicine, Dr. Streed advocated for LGBTQ issues at the University of Chicago and led several initiatives to improve the climate and visibility of LGBTQ students. The 5710 Diversity Center opened as a result of his and others’ efforts to integrate diverse identities. His advocacy efforts and experiences led to opportunities with the Chicago Department of Public Health, first in reviewing grants for the Division of STD/HIV/AIDS Public Policy & Programs and later serving on the federally mandated HIV Prevention Planning Committee. His first foray into HIV involved helping vulnerable LGBTQ youth at the Broadway Youth Center for homeless and at-risk individuals and continued his advocacy in HIV research as the Clinical Research Manager of the Howard Brown Health Center, the largest LGBTQ health center in the Midwest.
While earning his medical degree from Johns Hopkins, he advocated for the inclusion of LGBT health in the curricula of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, increased the visibility and value of the LGBTQ community at Hopkins through community advocacy, and achieved transgender equity in health insurance coverage. His experiences at Hopkins allowed me to expand his influence; nationally, he served as the American Medical Student Association LGBTQ Policy Coordinator & Liaison and advocated for the inclusion of LGBTQ issues in the Affordable Care Act, advised the American Medical Association Board of Trustees as the Chair of the Committee on LGBTQ Issues. Given his experience in medical curriculum reform and policy advocacy, he was invited to serve on the board of GLMA: Health Professionals Advocating for LGBT Equality.
With an increasing national awareness of LGBTQ issues, he has been able to turn his attention more specifically to health professions training. He now serves on the Association of American Medical Colleges Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development with a focus on addressing training environments. Additionally, he has several textbook chapters on LGBTQ medical interviews, sexual health, and health professional resilience in process. As a consequence of these national efforts, he has been invited to present on LGBTQ health issues to Johns Hopkins Hospital staff, Hopkins medical students, and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center internal medicine residents. Nationally and Internationally, he has been invited to speak at conferences and symposia on LGBTQ health and policy, notably the LGBTQ Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, the Rainbow Health Ontario Conference, and the International Conference on Physician Health.