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Now VIRTUAL: 39th GLMA Annual Conference. September 22-25, 2021


Call for Abstracts

The 2021 Call for Abstracts is now closed.

If you submitted a complete abstract, you can expect to receive notification regarding the status of your abstract around early June of 2021.

This year's conference theme, Closing the Gaps, will focus on strategies to reduce and eliminate LGBTQ health inequities through expanding access to care, and developing leadership of LGBTQ community members and professionals who belong to multiple minority groups. In this era of global pandemics and political change the disparities within the LGBTQ community have been further magnified. This year GLMA aims to highlight speakers (including community leaders, researchers, policy makers, and clinicians) who are working to identify, assess, address, and close these gaps. We especially welcome abstracts pertaining to:

  • Research and strategies to improve the health of Black LGBTQIA people and LGBTQIA people of color, Indigenous LGBTQIA people, Two-Spirit individuals, transgender and gender-diverse individuals, sexual minority women, and intersex people.
  • The impact of social policies and the political climate on LGBTQIA2S+ health.
  • The impact of policing and incarceration on LGBTQIA2S+ health.
  • Bisexual+ health.
  • LGBTQIA2S+ health, healthcare, and health policy in rural, urban, and international settings.
  • The impact of climate change on LGBTQIA2S+ health.
  • Community-led LGBTQIA2S+ health initiatives. 

Abstracts and proposals addressing this theme are being prioritized.

Abstracts were due online by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 5, 2021.

In view of Florida's recently passed anti-trans law banning trans girls from playing school sports, and ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, GLMA's leadership has made the decision that the 39th Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health will be held virtually. The conference was originally planned to be held in-person in Florida. Read our full announcement here.

Additional Information about the Annual Conference

The following information is intended to help you identify the educational needs of GLMA’s Annual Conference attendees and prepare your abstract to meet those needs. Previous conference programs are available on GLMA’s conference website.


The GLMA Annual Conference draws over 500 participants from various health professions including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, mental and behavioral health specialists, including psychologists and social workers, public health practitioners, researchers, educators, health policy specialists, advocates, administrators, health profession students and trainees, and others interested in improving health for LGBTQ people.

Evidence-Based Content:

GLMA is committed to ensuring all content presented at the Annual Conference provides a balanced view of therapeutic options, if applicable, and is evidence-based. Abstracts submitted for consideration should be developed based on evidence that is accepted within the presenter’s profession.

Applicable Competencies:

GLMA expects each abstract to address at least one of the following Professional Competencies (ACGME Core Competency):

  • Healthcare Knowledge: Healthcare knowledge is an understanding of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Interpersonal and communication skills are important to effective information exchange with patients, patient family members, members of the health care team, and the health care system.
  • Patient Care: Patient care is the ability to provide health care that is compassionate, appropriate, safe, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health across the life span.
  • Professionalism: Professionalism is a commitment to personal development, individual accountability, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population, and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements in health care.
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement: Practice-based learning and improvement is ongoing dedication to assess, evaluate, and improve patient care practices.
  • System-based Practice: System-based practice encompasses the societal, organizational, political and economic environments in which health care is delivered.

Please check back for further information about the 39th GLMA Annual Conference in the future. If you have any questions, contact annualconference@glma.org.

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