Carl Streed, Jr.
Scholar Class – 2011
Carl 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, Carl became an outspoken advocate of LGBT 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 LGBT 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.
At Hopkins, Carl has revitalized the Gertrude Stein Society for LGBT students, faculty, and staff, is serving as a founding member of the Hopkins Network of LGBT Employees and Supporters, and advocating for the addition of LGBT health to the curricula of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. His commitment to diversity at Hopkins earned him a 2011 Diversity Leadership Award. Outside of Baltimore, Carl is an Ambassador for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the National LGBT Policy Coordinator for the American Medical Student Association, and coordinator for the Annual LGBT Student Health Symposium.
Carl plans to continue to advocate for LGBT health and well-being through community engagement and policy reform, locally and nationally.