Magazine article The Nation's Health

Presidential Citation Honors Gay, Lesbian Medical Group

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Presidential Citation Honors Gay, Lesbian Medical Group

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For its work to ensure health care for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association is being honored with the 2006 APHA Presidential Citation.

The award, selected by APHA President Pat Mail, PhD, MPH, CHES, will be presented during the 134th APHA Annual Meeting in Boston this November.

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association is the leading organization in North America working to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are treated competently and not discriminated against when they access health care. The association also works to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender health care providers do not experience discrimination in their training and at work.

"The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association has been instrumental in bringing the health of an underserved population to the forefront of the nation's public health agenda," Mail said. "Their work has directly improved the lives and health of countless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans."

Founded in 1981 as the Association of Physicians for Human Rights, the organization was originally a spin-off of the Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights in San Francisco. In 1999, the organization changed its name to the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.

Most of the approximately 1,000 association members are in the United States, but members also hail from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Nigeria. The organization started as a physician group but is now aspiring to be a home for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender health care professionals from all disciplines. …

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