Sept 23, 2005
Volume 33
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Three hundred health care professionals expected for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association's 23rd Annual Conference
Three hundred health care professionals expected for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association's 23rd Annual Conference
Janet Reno and AMA President Edward Hill are expected to address attendees

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association announced today that former US Attorney General Janet Reno and American Medical Association President Edward Hill, MD would be among the keynote speakers for Access Diversity Advocacy, GLMA's 23rd Annual Conference, to be held September 22-24 in Montreal, QC, Canada. Over 300 health care providers, researchers, policy makers, exhibitors, sponsors and guests are expected to attend the international meeting.

Executive Director, Joel Ginsberg, said, "GLMA has made great strides this year in reaching out to LGBT organizations, mainstream medical organizations, and US government policy agencies at a time when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health is increasingly under siege. In particular we are very gratified that our work with the American Medical Association has led to an invitation for GLMA to join the AMA's Commission to End Health Care Disparities and to the formation of the AMA's Advisory Committee on GLBT Issues this past spring. Dr. Hill's presence with us in Montreal next week is a testament to the importance of that relationship for both the AMA and GLMA."

Dr. Hill stated, "The diversity of physicians in the workforce is vital to addressing the diverse health care needs of our patients. The AMA is proud to work with groups like GLMA to make sure all of our patients and communities get the best care possible."

Janet Reno will speak on "Providing Healthcare For All: A LaymanĂ­s View." Ginsberg commented, "During her time at the US Department of Justice, Ms. Reno's priorities included enforcing civil rights laws to ensure equal opportunity for all Americans, and ensuring that the Department of Justice reflects a diverse government. We look forward to hearing these core values reflected in her remarks at the conference."

There are over forty presentations scheduled for the conference covering all aspects of LGBT health including a dozen plenary sessions, and Pre-Conference Institutes Wednesday, September 21, on Lesbian Health, Trans Health, and Grant Writing.

Ginsberg concluded, "We are thrilled to be presenting a program that will give attendees tools they can use when they return home to assure that no one is denied access to health care on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. We are especially pleased to be meeting in Montreal, Canada, a city and a country where LGBT persons are free to be fully themselves."

For 25 years, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association has worked to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients and health professionals. Further information on conference registration, accommodations, and travel are available at:

A GLMA press release

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