LGBTQ+ health research is crucial for improving the health and well-being of the community and for promoting a more equitable and inclusive healthcare system for all. For many years, the LGBTQ+ community was excluded from and underrepresented in health research, leading to a lack of understanding of the community's unique health needs.
Still today, LGBTQ+ specific health research is underfunded and underutilized, especially when it comes to research on and by BIPOC LGBTQ+ people, Intersex people, and other historically-excluded intersectional identities. By promoting research, GLMA is working to fill these gaps in knowledge and improve the health outcomes of all LGBTQ+ individuals.
In addition to supporting LGBTQ+ health research, GLMA utilizes groundbreaking research findings to design educational opportunities to improve clinical practice, inform policy decisions to ensure equitable and inclusive care, and increase general awareness of specific health issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.