The LGBTQ Allies & Caucus held its 2023 Interim Meeting on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023.
Federal and state update and overview of LGBTQ+ health policies
The Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues sponsored an important session with leading experts in the field of LGBTQ+ health policy and legislation who discussed important and timely legislative efforts at the state and federal level impacting LGBTQ health care access and treatment.
Attendees of this session gained: Increased understanding of current legislative landscape at the state and federal level on legislation that and bills that have passed recently affecting LGBTQ+ healthcare and access; increased knowledge about current court cases that have been a result of anti-LGBTQ legislation being passed; increased understanding of newer bills, such as Shield laws, that are being passed in an effort to protect access to LGBTQ+ health care services in some states, and an increase in knowledge of the sponsors and organizations backing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and some of their strategies.
A special note of gratitude to our speakers, and our vice chair who served as moderator, for sharing their time and expertise with AMA members.
Alex Sheldon, MA, executive director, GLMA (They/Them)
Alex Sheldon is a professional researcher, strategist and advocate with over 15 years of experience in the field of human rights with a concentration in LGBTQ+ rights.
Kellan Baker, MPH, PhD, executive director and chief learning officer, Whitman Walker Institute (he/him)
Kellan Baker is the executive director of the Whitman-Walker Institute, the research, policy and education arm of the Whitman-Walker Health System, a federally qualified community health center in Washington, D.C.
Thank you to the advisory committee members for all their work and efforts at Interim.