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LGBT Advisory Committee

2016 Annual Meeting Highlights

The AMA Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (LGBT) met to discuss several topics including: special interest group reports, ways to address state laws that discriminate through the Advocacy Resource Center, ways to collaborate with other AMA Sections and the Human Rights Campaign, and its pilot mentorship program. On the following evening, the advisory committee hosted an engaging and lively LGBT and Allies caucus and reception. All attendees were captivated by division head of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, who discussed his decision to become a doctor and career path in detail.

Dr. Garofalo's work in academic medicine was not intentional, but he is extremely fulfilled with his career and the decisions he's made along the way. Garofalo shared with the attendees, "No one can advise you on when to come out. Your gut will tell you when it's the right time." He also advised the attendees to work hard, be smart and do not take "no" for an answer. Mentors and mentees met informally after the caucus concluded.

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LGBT + Allies Caucus and Reception, June 10, 2016.

On Monday morning, the Advisory Committee and the AMA-Minority Affairs Section hosted a continuing medical education (CME) session entitled: "Adding HIV PrEP to Your Practice." The session featured the following panelists:

  • Magda Houlberg, MD, chief clinical office, Howard Brown Health Center (internal medicine)
  • Noel Gordon, senior program specialist, HIV prevention and health equity, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

LGBT Yearend Membership Letter of Achievements

The Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (LGBT), established by the AMA, has addressed many important issues of interest to LGBT medical students, resident/fellows, physicians, patients and our straight allies. A few achievements of the committee include commenting on the World Medical Association's proposed policy on transgender health, which was ultimately adopted and completing twelve years of leadership with the Commission to End Health Care Disparities. Read more highlights from our 2015 accomplishments.

The American Medical Association (AMA) Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Issues provides a forum within the AMA to address the needs of LGBT physicians, medical students, and patients. The Advisory Committee also provides advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees and to AMA staff when appropriate on policy matters that bear directly on LGBT physicians, students, and patients and on developing strategies, programs and policies to better serve these AMA members and potential members. Learn more about the Advisory Committee on LGBT Issues and it's current committee members.

LGBT & Allies Caucus and Reception, November 13, 2015.


Does your office have a visible nondiscrimination statement for patients?

The AMA has produced a sample nondiscrimination statement that is suitable for physicians to frame and display in their offices. This resource can be easily downloaded by clicking on the link below. The AMA is encouraging state medical societies to provide this sample statement to individual physicians to display for patient and staff awareness. This small but important step ensures a greater level of comfort for all patients entering the physician's office. Nondiscrimination Statement

In the Spotlight...

World Medical Association Adopts Transgender-Affirming Policy

AMA-approved guidelines for transgender healthcare were adopted at the October WMA General Assembly meeting in Moscow. The guidelines, written by the German Medical Association, enable physicians to increase their knowledge of transgender issues and develop sensitivity towards transgender people and the unique health issues they face.

The AMA Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues reviewed the guidelines prior to the WMA General Assembly meeting and found them sound and affirming.

Delegates from nearly 60 national medical associations agreed that every effort should be made to make individualized, multi-professional, interdisciplinary and affordable transgender healthcare available to all people who experience gender incongruence, and explicitly rejected any form of coercive treatment or forced behavior modification. Optimal transgender healthcare aims to enable transgender people to have the best possible quality of life.

We condemn all forms of discrimination, stigmatization and violence against transgender people and want to see appropriate legal measures to protect their equal civil rights,” said WMA President Sir Michael Marmot.

Marmot advised the following actions for physicians and medical societies:

  • Use medical knowledge to combat prejudice
  • Identify barriers to providing care
  • Recognize and avoid discriminatory practices
  • Provide appropriate and sensitive transgender care

Read the WMA Statement on Transgender People and a   the press release on the WMA's new guidelines for more information.

Lesbian Couple Refused Care by Pediatrician

A lesbian couple in Detroit, MI was refused care for their infant because of sexual orientation. Gregory Blaschke, MD, chair of the AMA Advisory Committee on LGBT Issues, was quoted in an article written by the Detroit Free Press regarding this situation. He stated that the AMA's ethical policy strongly opposes "any refusal to care for patients based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other criteria that would constitute invidious discrimination." The Huffington Post also picked up the story and referenced the AMA's code of ethics. Show your support by joining or renewing your AMA membership today online or at (800) 262-3211.

Women in Medicine Month Recap

Each September, as part of Women in Medicine Month, the AMA honors influential women physician leaders. This year's theme, "Women in medicine: Innovators and leaders changing health care," reaffirmed our commitment to increasing the influence of women physicians and advocating for women's health issues.

During September the AMA Women's Physician Section (WPS) also honored physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance women in medicine. Learn more about this year's honorees for the Inspirational Physician Award.

Do you know about an LGBT Group in Organized Medicine?

The AMA Advisory Committee on LGBT Issues would like to provide a comprehensive listing of LGBT groups in organized medicine on this website. If you are aware of an LGBT Group or Committee in any medical association, please email that information to lgbt@ama-assn.org or call Alexandra Lumakovska at (312) 464-5041.

MSM Blood Donation Policy

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) policy strongly supports eliminating current public policies that require lifetime deferral of blood donation by men who have sex with men on both scientific and ethical grounds. The AMA believes that the latest scientific evidence should dictate blood and tissue donation deferral periods to ensure the safety of the blood supply. Read more about the AMA's policies on blood donation and the national movement to change MSM blood donation policy in the AMA Wire.

LGBT Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. These demonstrations made against a police raid on June 28, 1969 symbolize the beginning of the LGBT rights movement in the United States. Today, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated across the nation with pride parades, parties, workshops, concerts, and memorials in order to recognize LGBT communities and fight for equality. Most notably, President Barack Obama released a statement on May 30, 2014 officially declaring June 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

The AMA's Advisory Committee on LGBT issues would like to encourage medical students, residents, and physicians to celebrate LGBT Pride Month and demonstrate your support of diversity and inclusion. Take a look at examples of physician involvement in 2014 Pride Month activities.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

AMA LGBT & ALLIES CAUCUS AND RECEPTION
Hosted by the AMA Advisory Committee on LGBT Issues
Friday, November 11
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Orlando, FL

Listserv and Contact Information

Contact Us

Questions regarding the AMA LGBT Advisory Committee should be sent to lgbt@ama-assn.org.

Join the AMA LGBT Advisory Committee Listserv!

The AMA LGBT Advisory Committee invites you to join its listserv to receive information about current LGBT health and physician issues as well as our Committee's initiatives. This listserv provides a forum to discuss policy, advocacy, and governance issues that impact LGBT and ally physicians and their patients. To join the listserv, send an email to lgbt@ama-assn.org.

Guidelines: 1) No solicitation of any kind will be permitted. This includes: (a) The promotion of any type of product, service, or website, regardless of profitability; (b) Requests for legal advice. 2) As a two-way listserv, it's important that users be be mindful of to whom they are replying. If you want to share something with an individual, forward the message and enter the person's name. Using reply will send your message to everyone on the listserv. 3) By signing up for the listserv, you agree to respect these rules or you will be unsubscribed.