The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of GLMA, improves the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ women and girls through funding rigorous scientific research. Since its inception in 1992, LHF has funded 126 research projects, awarding over $1.2 million in grants. Our grants are crucial catalysts to larger, multi-million dollar studies funded by federal agencies.
And today, LHF remains the only research fund dedicated solely to advancing the understanding of the unique health needs of LGBTQ+ women and girls. There is still a great need to understand how social determinants, especially race and ethnicity, influence the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ women and girls.
Research is underway on the following issues:
Important results from LHF-funded studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences on topics including:
LHF grants have been crucial to propelling promising research questions to the attention of other, larger granting agencies. The small grants LHF provides allow researchers to test concepts and collect pilot data that must be done before other agencies will consider funding larger studies. Receiving an LHF grant is often a catalyst to receiving much larger grants from other agencies. Our grantees have been awarded millions of dollars from federal agencies and research funding organizations to pursue groundbreaking research in lesbian health that would not have been possible without the initial funding from LHF.
LHF centers and uplifts communities whose lived experiences and health are impacted by sexism, misogyny, transmisogyny, and/or misogynoir using an anti-oppressive approach in pursuit of health justice. LGBTQ+ health research is still generally underfunded, but only 6.5% of LGBTQ+ research funded by the National Institutes of Health includes lesbian women despite LBQ women representing 55% of the LGBTQ+ adult population, and LBQ and questioning girls comprising 66% of the LGBTQ+ youth population.
We've expanded the LHF community over the last three decades to reflect the LGBTQ+ community's growth and increased visibility; however, LHF remains committed to prioritizing research led by and for LGBTQ+ women and girls to address this disparity within our community.
For more information on LHF's work, click here.
The Lesbian Health Fund is also actively looking for peer reviewers to join the 2024 grant cycle. Peer reviewers play a vital role in evaluating applications based on various criteria, including the significance and originality of the research question, the suitability of the methodology, the feasibility of the project timeline, and the qualifications of the research team. Their valuable insights contribute to the overall assessment process.
We ask reviewers to answer questions in order to to match their expertise with grant applications and promote diversity among our panel. If you are interested in being a peer reviewer for the Lesbian Health Fund, please reach out to LesbianHealthFund@glma.org to request an application of interest.