JOINT STATEMENT: AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND GAY AND LESBIAN MEDICAL
AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND GAY AND LESBIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT TO INCLUDE LGBT ISSUES IN HEALTH DISPARITIES EFFORT
WASHINGTON -- Officials of the American Medical Association (AMA) emerged
from a meeting with the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) on
Saturday, March 12 with a commitment to fully include the health concerns of
gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans in the AMA's ongoing work
to eliminate health disparities.
AMA leadership said it will seek to expand the scope and focus of the
Commission to End Health Care Disparities launched earlier this year.
scope of the Commission has been focused primarily on addressing disparities
based on race and ethnicity. GLMA asked the AMA to help expand the scope of
the Commission to include disparities experienced by GLBT people.
"It's good science, good policy and a matter of basic fairness to ensure that
in prevention and treatment of disease and in health research and education,
GLBT people are in the mix as much as any other group that experiences
disparities," said AMA President John C. Nelson, M.D., M.P.H.
In 2004, the AMA House of delegates approved an advisory committee to address
GLBT concerns. The new seven-member Advisory Committee on GLBT Concerns will
be announced shortly. GLMA will be represented on the committee.
"With the creation of our new Advisory Committee on GLBT Concerns, the AMA is
demonstrating its commitment to full inclusion of GLBT people in all our
work," Dr. Nelson added.
"We are grateful for the AMA's willingness to fully engage in a discussion
about GLBT health issues and look forward to continued cooperation to
accomplish our mutual goal of a healthier America" said GLMA Executive
Director Joel Ginsberg.
GLMA leaders had requested this week's meeting following concerns over public
comments made last month by Dr. Nelson regarding the decision of New York
Medical College to ban its gay and lesbian student group.
meeting, Dr. Nelson reiterated AMA support for addressing issues important to
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) physicians and apologized to
anyone who was offended by his earlier comments.
Ginsberg said he appreciated Dr. Nelson's words. "We know Dr. Nelson to be a
caring man who has demonstrated his commitment and concern for our community
over many years.
We felt his words were an honest mistake and not reflective
of his intent or character. We're pleased that he has so directly taken
responsibility for his words and apologized for them."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 15, 2005
CONTACT: R.J. MILLS, AMA MEDIA RELATIONS
Joel Ginsberg, GLMA 415-613-5635,
Presee Release Gay & Lesbian
Medical Association, 9/05
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