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Annesa Flentje, PhD

Annesa Flentje is an associate professor at the UCSF School of Nursing. Her focus as a clinical psychologist is to reduce health disparities within the LGBT community. Her research included topics such a prevention of these disparities, increasing the prominence of sexual and gender minorities in research, and improving the mental health and substance abuse services available for those within the LGBT community. (Wikipedia)





Alan L. Hart, PhD

Alan Hart was an American physician, radiology, tuberculosis researcher, and writer. In 1917, he was also one of the first transgender men to receive a hysterectomy in the US, and later went through hormone therapy. After his surgery, Hart legally changed his name. Hart saved many lives through his use of x-rays to detect tuberculosis. After his death, his wife established a fund for leukemia research, which his mother had died from. (Wikipedia)




Dr. Louise Pearce

Dr. Louise Pearce graduated in 1907 with a degree in physiology and became a doctor 5 years later. She then became the first woman on the Rockefeller Institute’s staff. Pearce worked on curing those infected with African Sleeping Sickness, a disease that was fatal if it was not treated. Pearce was a member of the LGBTQ community herself. (



Rebecca Allison

Rebecca Allison is a cardiologist as well as a transgender activist. She served as the President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and as a chair of the American Medical Association’s Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. Allison graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and then practiced primary care and internal medicine. She later returned to school for cardiology and began a career in that field in 1987. Allison has a website,, which aims to meet the medical, legal, and spiritual needs of transgender people. (Wikipedia)



Sara Josephine Baker, MD, DrPH

Sara Josephine Baker was the first director the New York Bureau of Child Hygiene. Baker was both a lesbian and a feminist and focused on preventative health measures. She worked with poor mothers and their children in immigrant communities and became a model for cities wanting to greatly decrease maternal and child mortality rates. Baker founded the American Child Hygiene Association in 1909. She was also the first women to earn a doctorate in public health from the New York University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College. (


Dr. Rachel Levine

Rachel Levine made history as she was elected the first openly transgender federal official. Previously, she was Pennsylvania’s secretary of health. During that time, she led the commonwealth’s Coronavirus response. Senator Patty Murray called Levine a trusted voice who worked towards opioid prescribing guidelines, health equity, and LGBTQ healthcare. Levine first started practicing in pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. She also teacher at Penn State College of Medicine where she teachers on multiple topics, including transgender medicine. (