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LGBT Advisory Committee

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.

In the Spotlight...

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 Stephanie Groeninger 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.

Transgender Health: What Medical Students and Physicians Need to Know

On behalf of the LGBT Advisory Committee, we would like to thank Jamie Feldman, MD, PhD, for presenting at our June 6th Caucus. Dr. Feldman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine/Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota and you can view her presentation "Transgender Health: What Medical Students and Physicians Need to Know."

GLMA Compendium of Health Profession Association LGBT Policy & Position Statements

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association recently released the Compendium of Health Profession Association LGBT Policy & Position Statements, a "document which outlines LGBT-related policy and position statements issued by health profession associations. The statements relate to LGBT individuals, families and communities as well as LGBT health professionals." Take a look at the compendium to see the various policies that the AMA and other health care organizations have on LGBT health issues.

IOM Report Published, NIH Responds

The AMA is cited in the final IOM report on LGBT health, which was published on March 31, 2011. The report is based on IOM hearings that were held in February 2010. At the hearings, the AMA provided testimony on LGBT health issues, research gaps, and opportunities, which can be found here. Read the response to the report provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Video presentation by Harvey Makadon, MD, of the Fenway Institute

Sponsored by the AMA and the Fenway Institute, Meeting the Health Care Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People is a comprehensive presentation on LGBT health care in America. This resource is filled with information on caring for LGBT patients, the national LGBT health care landscape, and the future of LGBT health care. Dr. Harvey J Makadon, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, presents.

AMA Video Offers Best Practices when Taking a Sexual History

The AMA has recently developed a video to educate physicians on best practices when taking a sexual history. Many healthcare providers know and understand the importance of taking a proper sexual history. Often times, it is the sexual history that reveals additional important facets about the patients, such as their sexual orientation or gen der identity. The video, Patient Sexual Health History: What You Need to Know to Help, offers recommendations and considerations when treating LGBT patients. The video is available online free of charge.

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

Committee members
Find out who currently serves on the Advisory Committee.

AMA policy
Learn about AMA policy pertaining to LGBT physicians, medical students and patients.

Contact us
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