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GLMA Announces Presenters/Program for 22nd Annual Conference
Hundreds Expected for October 21-23 Meeting in Palm Springs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — September 30, 2004 —  The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)  today announced its lineup of presenters and sessions for Moving Forward Together, the 22nd Annual Conference, scheduled to open in Palm Springs on Thursday, October 21, 2004. 

Kenneth Haller, MD, GLMA President, said of the upcoming three-day Continuing Medical Education conference, “We are very excited by the range topics and the diversity of speakers represented on this program.  I’m positive that the hundreds of health care professionals who attend will find this program to be informative and stimulating.”
Among the highlights:

  • Dr. Valerie Fein-Zachary, co-chair of the Massachusetts Freedom to Marry Coalition, will present a plenary session on the fight for gay marriage and its impact on health, as well as a workshop on the Massachusetts marriage experience.
  • Tri Do, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and GLMA President-Elect, will present research providing evidence of a growing HIV epidemic among Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) men who have sex with men, many of whom are unaware of their HIV infection. Relevant prevention strategies informed by this research will also be presented.
  • Former GLMA President, Kate O'Hanlan, MD, will present the first Annual Kimberly Clermont Memorial lecture, honoring Dr. Clermont for her significant contributions to GLMA, the Lesbian Health Fund and Women in Medicine.  Dr. Clermont will be the recipient of a posthumous GLMA Achievement Award, to be accepted by her partner, Bonnie Cooper.
  • A plenary session on “Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Lesbians” will be presented by Jeanne Marazzo, MD, MPH, of the University of Washington.
  • A plenary session on “Hot Topics in Transgender Health Care.”
  • A workshop on offering insemination services to the Lesbian/Gay community will be presented.
  • The LGBT People in Medicine Advocacy Subcommittee of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco will present a session that engages student attendees in the first national discussion of how LGBT health issues can be introduced into medical school curricula.
  • In a plenary entitled, "The Politics of Prevention," Tamara Kreinin, the former President and CEO of The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), will discuss sexual and reproductive health rights, particularly among adolescents, within the context of the current political climate.

In addition there will be presentations on Smoking and the LGBT Community, information about Mental Health for Lesbians and Bisexual Women, Anal HPV and HPV Screening for Lesbians: Practice Guidelines, STDs and Men on the “Down Low,” Hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS. 

“The GLMA Conference is a place where we can hear the latest research into LGBT health, meet clinicians who are working on the frontlines in our communities, and discover strategies to take back to our communities to improve the health of all we serve,” continued Haller. 

“Beyond that, this Conference is a place where we can catch up with friends, network with colleagues, and refresh the commitment to service that brought us into the caring professions in the first place.  In the current climate around LGBT issues, coming to the GLMA Conference is more important than ever,” concluded Haller
Moving Forward Together, the 22nd Annual Conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, will be held October 21-23, 2004, at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Palm Springs, CA.  Attendees may receive up to 16 CME/CEU credits.  For registration information please go to www.glma.org

For over twenty years, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association has worked to maximize the quality of health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and to foster a professional climate in which its diverse members can reach their full potential. For more information, please call 415-255-4547or visit www.glma.org.


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