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Gearing up for the 2021 Nursing Summit

image of a Florida beach with the text Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resport, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 39th GLMA Conference on LGBTQ Health September 22-25, 2021

Planning is under way for the 2021 Nursing Summit on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Abstracts are currently being accepted for both the overall GLMA Conference and also the Nursing Summit. This year’s conference theme is “Closing the Gaps.” If you have an abstract you would like to submit to either or both, please go to the official Call for Abstracts for the submission guidelines and form.

Registration is now open for the 2020 GLMA NURSING SUMMIT

Registration is now open for the 2020 GLMA NURSING SUMMIT celebrating the

The half day conference will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 23rd from 12-4 EST and will feature conversations on LGBTQ+ health equity in practice, education, research and policy. Topics include social justice/trans health simulation in nursing education, CVD in sexual and gender minorities, HPV in gender expansive populations, decentering whiteness in nursing, research with LGBTQ+ persons in the Caribbean, reproductive justice, teaching your life experience, nurse activism and more.

@GLMA_Nsg @GLMA_LGBTHealth #GLMA2020


Speakers include:

Billy Caceres
Nikki Castle
Orlando Harris
Katherine Marx
Mimi Niles
Anthony Pho
Em Rabelais
Rachel Walker
And others….

Please join us as we collectively work towards a more equitable future. All are welcome!

Register at


Early bird pricing is available through August 31! Remember to indicate whether you are choosing the conference + summit or summit-only package at the registration portal!

The GLMA Nursing Summit 2020 is going virtual!

Save the date
September 23, 2020
Time TBA 


The GLMA nursing leadership team is happy to announce that this September we will be hosting a half day, virtual GLMA Nursing Summit as part of the GLMA 38th Annual Conference. This year’s summit theme will be: 

The POWER of LGBTQ+ Nurses and Midwives, Now and in the Future

Speakers, panels, and posters will include:

  • nurse activism, 
  • resilience & radical self-care, and
  • innovation in practice, policy, and education,


Watch this space for more details as they become available! 

We can’t wait to spend time during this historic moment with you.

GLMA Nursing Leadership Statement on Police Brutality and Racism

None of us are free until all of us are free.

As part of an organization built on the essential values of equity, justice and liberation, the leadership of the GLMA nursing section writes today to CONDEMN police brutality, STAND IN SOLIDARITY with those who are impacted by racist systems of oppression, and PLEDGE to examine how we, individually and collectively, can do more to promote a more just world. 

We look forward to continuing the conversation, both within and outside of the nursing community, in the coming months and years. Silence still equals death.

A Call to Share Our Stories

As we head into National Nurses Week (May 6-12), this is a good time to be reminded of the importance of sharing our stories as nurses.  Unless we tell our stories, the general public gets their impression of nursing entirely from news and popular media, and as we all know, that is frequently inaccurate.

GLMA is calling for all LGBTQ+ front line health care workers to share our stories (link).  By participating in this, you not only have the opportunity to educate the public on what nurses do but also on the contributions made by the LGBTQ+ community.  Telling our stories is also an important way of acknowledging and processing your own contributions.  If you are currently working the front lines in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider taking a moment to share your story.

Five More Days to Submit Abstracts


Abstracts are being accepted through April 15 for both the main GLMA Conference and the Nursing Summit on September 23, 2020.  The same portal will accept abstracts for both the Conference and the Summit, but you can check off which you wish to be considered for (or both).

Particularly in this WHO Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we hope many of you will join us share your hard-won wisdom with one another.

The health and safety of our community is our primary consideration as we continue to plan for the GLMA Annual Conference. We will continue to actively monitor developments to determine whether any changes to conference programming are necessary, and we’ll be sure to communicate any potential changes as soon as we can.

We will also soon have nominations open up for our Local Hero/Shero award.  Think about who in South Florida you would consider to fit that bill, and watch this space for the nominations form!


Health Professionals in Training (HPiT) Co-Chair Call for Applications!

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality is seeking a motivated health professional student/trainee who has a passion for healthcare equality and strengthening their leadership skills to join the GLMA Board of Directors in the Health Professional in Training (HPiT) co-chair role. The one-year term begins in the fall with the opportunity for a one-year renewal. 

The HPiT co-chair is the voice for the student and trainee members of GLMA. In addition to being a full voting board member, the position is responsible for co-chairing the HPiT committee, which is tasked with addressing issues important to GLMA student/trainee members. Students/trainees from diverse backgrounds including health profession and geographic locations are encouraged to apply. Residents and fellows are also eligible to apply.

The application will open March 1st.
Deadline is April 5th, 2020, at midnight (PST)

To learn more about the GLMA HPiT Board Member position, please reference the application FAQ. Please feel free to distribute this information to relevant organizations and groups. If you are interested in getting involved in the HPiT committee, join our group on Facebook or email

Opportunities through the GLMA Health Professionals in Training Committee

GLMA is excited to announce new opportunities for involvement and advocacy through our trainee committee! The skinny: time flexible, skill-building involvement opportunities with short applications. The link to each application contains a full description page with outlined roles and expectations.

1) GLMA Ambassador

GLMA’s HPiT committee will highlight your accomplishments through social media and member emails. We will share an email or preferred contact information and announce your availability to help guide others seeking similar accomplishments. (Special thank you to Jona Tanguay, Cynthia Kuk, and Joshua Lidtke who took the time to spearhead this initiative and oversee its roll out!)

Apply here!


2) Queer Curricular Reform

Curricular reform combines advocacy and education while keeping those involved up to date on the clinical forefront of LGBTQ health. This committee’s efforts will provide its advocates with exposure to national health professional groups, knowledge of clinical best practices across disciplines, and the skills to advocate within health systems.

Apply here!


3) Social media

This will NOT be your college internship all over again! Social Media members will learn the current LGBTQ health advocacy landscape through generating content for social media and partnering with sibling organizations. Every movement has its message – help craft ours!

Apply here!


All are due October 6th, Sunday at midnight PST.

Sign up for committee updates and future opportunities here!

The Denial of Care Rule, the Equality Act, and Nursing Ethics

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights has released what they are referring to as “the final conscience rule protecting health care entities and individuals.” This rule is more broadly being referred to as the Denial of Care Rule, as it prohibits the government from penalizing practitioners or organizations for refusing to provide health care based upon religious conscience.

The president of GLMA, Gal Mayer, MD, has spoken out against this rule in no uncertain terms. In particular, he noted that, “The Denial of Care rule also stands in direct conflict with the Joint Commission and the major medical and health professional associations representing physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers and other healthcare providers that have adopted standards to ensure all patients, including LGBTQ patients, are treated with respect and without bias and discrimination in all healthcare settings.”

The GLMA Nursing Section is in full agreement with President Mayer’s statement. It is absolutely unacceptable that HHS, whose mission is “to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans” would issue a rule that facilitates denial of care for, among others, LGBTQ people.

The Code of Ethics for Nurses states in its first provision that “[t]he nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.” It also states in provisions two and three that nurses prioritize the health and safety of the patient, both in terms of promoting health and safety and advocating for patients. Provision eight speaks to nurses’ obligation to protect human rights and reduce health disparities, and provision nine speaks to the importance of integrating social justice into both nursing and health policy.

In short, the American Nurses Association has made clear in over half the provisions of the Code that it is the responsibility of nurses to not only provide care to their patients based on their unique needs, but also to advocate for policies that ensure patients’ health and safety are protected. The Denial of Care rule, as Dr. Mayer stated in more general terms, is in direct conflict with the Code of Ethics for Nurses, and, in fact, requires nurses to speak out against this rule.

So, what can nurses do?  Plenty, at many different levels.  Talk about this rule with policy-makers in your workplace.  Bring it up with any of your professional organizations.  And most importantly, call your representative and ask them to support the Equality Act (HR 5/S 788).