Carl G. Streed, Jr. grew up in Zion, IL at a time when being gay was not at all an acceptable lifestyle “choice” in his family or community. Not surprisingly, his sense of isolation drove him to the edge of suicide. Luckily, a belief that life could get better allowed him to pull himself up and make it better.
While at the University of Chicago for his bachelor’s degree in Biological Chemistry, Carl became an outspoken advocate of LGBTQ issues and served on the university’s Committee for Enhancing Support for the LGBTQ Community. The committee would eventually advise the creation of a diversity center inclusive of LGBTQ students. Before graduating, he came out to his family, who were and continue to be proud of his accomplishments and activism.
After college, Carl focused his attention on HIV/STI services in Chicago as a volunteer at the Broadway Youth Center. He was a clinical research coordinator and then manager at the Howard Brown Health Center and member of the Chicago Department of Public Health HIV Prevention Planning Group. Carl also began volunteering with Equality Illinois to bring marriage equality to his home state.
While earning his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he advocated for the inclusion of LGBT health in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, increased the visibility and value of the LGBT community, and achieved transgender equity in health insurance coverage. Nationally, Carl has served as the American Medical Student Association Policy Coordinator & Liaison, Vice-Chair of the American Medical Association LGBT Advisory Committee, and board member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. Carl’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of LGBT individuals and communities have earned him the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Award, the AMSA James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence, the AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, the Next Generation Leadership Foundation Award as well as recognition by the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Carl completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in 2016 and is pursuing fellowship training in General Internal Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital while pursuing a master’s degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Carl will be focusing his career on LGBT health policy and clinical outcomes.