Gary Hollander spent three decades working as a public school teacher, school psychologist, and public health researcher. The turning point for him came in 2001 as he experienced the challenges of being a gay man at a time when the myriad health disparities facing LGBT people were becoming visible. He realized that health care and community structures “pathologized” LGBT people. He decided to work to change the social determinants that impact health -– not only for himself, but for all LGBT people. He formed Diverse & Resilient, Inc. as his encore career when he was 54. For the past 12 years, Hollander has worked to address health disparities faced by LGBT people including HIV, alcohol and tobacco use, mental health, suicide, and intimate partner violence. His work reaches thousands of LGBT people each year and his organization is considered a statewide leader in the field. “Since I am a pretty motivated guy already, any job can give me the satisfaction of achieving short-term goals,” he said. “But only very specific work brings me the joy of making a real difference. I decided to go for joy.”Did you like this story? Subscribe to NNS today.
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