Be a Bragg Queen

Project Filter at the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is expanding their Quitline services to be even more inclusive of the LGBTQ community.

They have already done great outreach efforts to the LGBTQ community, but in expanding their efforts they are launching new social media campaigns with the help of out gay comedian Matt Bragg. Project Filter and the Network for LGBT Tobacco Control will be following Matt Bragg’s quitting process to help him bragg about the process of quitting! We would like you to join Matt in bragging about quitting by bragging about your own quit story (if you once smoked and have since quit) OR by letting us know that you are planning to, or are in the process of quiting in a new campaign: “Be A Bragg Queen: Bragg About Quitting Tobacco.”

How to Get Involved:


  • Comment on this post or make a post of your own. Email us at to get easy, simplified instructions on how you can share your experience with others.


  • Email us your story, with your name or anonymously, for us to share with other people could benefit from your experiences.


  • If in your quit process you’ve used a quitline, tell us about it here in a quick, anonymous survey. We’ll use that information to provide direct feedback to state Departments of Health Health to become more inclusive.

Reason for the campaign:

In response to recent data showing that social networks affect our health lifestyles for better or for worse, we’d like to start changing social norms by using social media to support each other in adopting healthier lifestyles by going smokefree.

To connect to Project Filter‘s resources, click here.

by Emilia Dunham

Network Program Associate

Published by Emilia Dunham, MPP, MBA

Emilia Dunham is currently a Project Manager at MassHealth/Department of Public Health, and formerly the Project Manager of the Life Skills project at The Fenway Institute, an HIV intervention study for young transgender women. Emilia worked at Fenway for 7 years, first as a Quality Control and Regulatory Assistant mainly involved with biomedical HIV prevention trials, before serving as the Program Associate for The Network for LGBT Health Equity, a network instrumental in many national LGBT health policy improvements. She is also involved with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, serving as a Steering Committee member and the Policy Committee Co-Chair, an organization largely responsible for the recent passage of the Trans Rights Bill. Additionally she serves as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, Co-Chair of the Recommendations Committee. Emilia received a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. There she served as President of the LGBTQ student group where she planned programs such as Pride Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and AIDS Week. In addition, she advocated for LGBTQ inclusive policies and programming on campus such as a Gender Neutral Housing program, an LGBTQ Center and the expansion of Women’s Studies to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Emilia recently earned a Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration in health policy and management from the Brandeis Heller School School for Social Policy and Management.

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