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Call for Abstracts: Local Action, Global Impact

Call for Abstracts Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for the 40th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health. Those selected will be notified by mid-June.

The GLMA Education Committee invites you to submit abstracts pertinent to the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and Two-Spirit health for presentation at the 40th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health, scheduled for October 19-22, 2022 in San Francisco. Abstracts describing original research and workshops on the experiences of LGBTQIA2S patients, healthcare professionals, and health profession students will be considered.

Conference Theme

Local Action, Global Impact is an homage to the small-beginnings history of GLMA and much LGBTQIA2S+ health advocacy. GLMA, originally founded in San Francisco where our 40th Annual Conference takes place, began as a small organization that has grown to be the world's largest association of LGBTQ health professionals, with a national and international impact. Many strategies to improve LGBTQIA2S+ health follow that same path, starting as small projects that lead to larger, long-lasting change. This year, we celebrate the local, the small, the grassroots, and the mighty. To that end, GLMA aims to highlight speakers (including community leaders, researchers, policy makers, and clinicians, particularly those from the Bay Area) who are acting locally, but with a global impact, both by setting the tone for innovative and forward-thinking approaches to care, and by creating models that are replicable beyond the Bay's footprint.
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 people, transgender and gender diverse people, sexual minority women, and intersex people;
  • The impact of social policies and political climate on LGBTQIA2S+ health;
  • The impact of policing and incarceration on LGBTQIA2S+ health;
  • Bi+ 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 will be prioritized.

The submission period has closed.

How to Submit an Abstract

Abstracts are submitted through our online abstract submission portal. Please consult the following materials before submitting an abstract:

Click here to access the abstract submission portal.

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. You can consult our website for previous conference programs.


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.

The health and safety of all GLMA Annual Conference participants is a top priority. GLMA will continue to monitor the latest public health data and local, state, and federal guidelines as we continuously re-evaluate and update our conference COVID-19 safety protocols. Please stay tuned for additional details and updates to these policies. Protocol components based on endemic rates, CDC guidance, and local policies may include proof of vaccination, COVID-19 PCR or antigen testing, and masking. Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have any questions, contact annualconference@glma.org.

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