Sadly, our dear colleague and friend Dr. Judith Bradford (Co-Director of The Fenway Institute in Boston) passed away on February 11, 2017. Judy was a pioneer in LGBT health research in the United States, expanding the lens beyond HIV and sexual risk. She was the first research scientist to head an NIH-funded population studies center focused on LGBT health, including a predoctoral training program that facilitated a new generation of LGBT health researchers. As a member of the Council of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, she was a key leader in guiding NIH policy on sexual and gender minority health. Judy was a tireless scientist, mentor, advocate, and friend whose wisdom will be greatly missed.
In addition to career accomplishments spanning 30 years, Judy was a founding member of our Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health (BiRCH) initiative, together with Drs. Brian Dodge and Wendy Bostwick. Although we are still in shock and grief with Judy's death, we are also channeling our energies into producing positive contributions to the field of bisexual health research.
Update: the special issue (produced in honor of the memory of our dear colleague, friend, and heroine, Dr. Judith Bradford) is out! now Published in January 2019 in Archives of Sexual Behavior, Volume 48, Issue 1. Separate news item to follow. For now, here is a sneak preview of our powerhouse paper, "Introduction to the Special Section on Bisexual Health: Can You See Us Now??" by Wendy Bostwick and Brian Dodge.