Friday, June 21, 2013

GLAMA Accepted into AMA House of Delegates

It is our pleasure to share with you the news that today, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates voted to accept GLMA into its membership. This is an exciting accomplishment that signals greater understanding and recognition within the mainstream healthcare community about the LGBT community’s unique healthcare needs.

This is a moment to celebrate together. As with all of GLMA’s accomplishments, our members have made this possible. Numerous efforts of GLMA members past and present have helped GLMA develop strong ties to the AMA, especially the AMA GLBT Advisory Committee—which has included members of GLMA’s leadership since its inception in 2005.

Additionally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our members who are also members of the AMA, whose membership in both organizations helped us meet a key requirement to joining the AMA House of Delegates. This is a shared victory!

Joining the AMA House of Delegates provides GLMA with an opportunity to share the expertise of our members with the largest physician group in America to inform the development of policies around LGBT health. Yesterday, GLMA provided testimony to the AMA in support of several such resolutions that are important to LGBT people and people living with HIV.

It is our hope that by joining the AMA House of Delegates and taking advantage of opportunities like this, we will be able to leverage the strength of the AMA’s support and influence to improve the health and well-being of LGBT people.

With your continued support, we will maximize our seat in the House of Delegates and diligently work towards LGBT healthcare equality.
In Equality,

Desi Bailey, MD

Hector Vargas , JD
Executive Director

P.S. GLMA is only as strong as our membership. Your membership and contributions are invaluable to advance GLMA’s mission and sustain progress towards LGBT health equality. If you are not a member or your membership has lapsed, please join or renew your membership today. If you are already a member, give a tax-deductible donation to continue our momentum towards LGBT health equality.

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