Mississippi group awards trans physician for outstanding job performance

L.B. Bell is a Mississippi farmer, physician, and husband. While his journey as a trans man and LGBT advocate were captured in the documentary, L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, L.B. can now also add award-winning medical professional to his list of accomplishments.

Recently, the Southern Pain Society, which provides education and training to pain management professionals, awarded L.B. with The President's Distinguished Service Award for outstanding and dedicated service to the organization.

“I feel so honored to be recognized by my peers in the Southern Pain Society. My work with the organization is very important to me. I am proud to be a part of such an impactful group of professionals with a passion to help others, and I look forward to serving as a member for years to come,” Dr. Bell said in a statement through the Hattiesburg Clinic, where he works.

L.B. works closely with members of the local LGBT community towards building acceptance and equality at the Hattiesburg Spectrum Center in MS, and also participated in GLAAD's Southern Stories Summer Tour and Southern Equality's "WE DO" Campaign.

Though Hattiesburg passed a local non-discrimination resolution last year, Mississippi is one of more than 30 states in the U.S. where you can be fired simply for being transgender, bisexual, or gay.

GLAAD congratulates Dr. Bell on his professional achievements and impactful advocacy for LGBT Mississippians!