Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 331–332 | Cite as

Judith Bradford (1943–2017): Tribute to a Luminary

  • Tonda L. HughesEmail author
Special Section: Bisexual Health (In Memoriam)

Few people have had such a major and long-lasting impact on their field and the people in that field as Dr. Judy Bradford. Judy made her mark on the world not only through pioneering lesbian health research, but also through her substantial contributions to the development of the next generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health researchers. Judy had an unusually strong influence locally and nationally, and her overall contributions to LGBT health have been widely recognized (e.g., Bradford & Hilber, 2001; Mayer, 2017). This tribute is a personal reflection on and appreciation of Judy’s collegiality and contributions over the past 30 years, with an emphasis on the early formative impact she had on lesbian health and, more recently, on bisexual health.

Those of us in the baby boom generation have lived through a period of great historical importance for LGBT people. From the Stonewall riots (1969) to the recognition of civil unions in Vermont (2000), the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Columbia University School of NursingNew YorkUSA

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