Why Attend?


With your participation, we hope you will:

1. Commit to personal growth, acceptance of vulnerability, and self-healing
2. Deepen understanding of health inequities in LGBTQIA communities along multiple axes of diversity
3. Increase cultural humility in caring for diverse LGBTQIA patient populations.
4. Build community among allied health practitioners, students, and advocates
5. Share opportunities to collaborate with other organizations and advocacy groups.

What are LGBT Health Disparities?  Here are some examples:


  • Nearly 3% of adults identify as LGBT1
  • Additional 6% have had same-sex relations at age >181
  • 90% LGB are out to others1
  • But only 25% are fully out in the workplace1

 Healthcare risks

  • LGBT youth are more likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon in school.4
  • LGBT youth are more likely to be overweight.4
  • LGBT youth are more likely to have suicide ideations and attempt suicide4
  • LGB youth 3-4x more likely to self-report suicide attempts in past 12 months3

Access to healthcare

  • LGBT adults are less likely to have health insurance coverage4
  • LGBT adults are more likely to delay or not seek medical care or get prescription medicine4
  • Lesbian and bisexual women are less likely to receive mammograms4
  • Lesbians are 4x less likely to receive breast cancer screening 2

 Health care outcomes

  • LGBT adults are more likely to have cancer4
  • LGBT youth are more likely to experience psychological distress and need medication for emotional health issues4



  1. The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, 2010
  2. Harcourt, J. (2006)
  3. Garofalo et al. 1999; Massachusetts Dept. of Ed., 2002
  4. Krehely, Jeff (2009); Buchmueller, Thomas, and Christopher S. Carpenter. (2010)