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The LGBTQ+ Health Care Conference is a two-day event for health care providers who seek to understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ+ population.
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LGBTQ+ Health Care Conference

Join us virtually on April 11-12, 2024  

LGBTQ+ Virtual Health Care Conference

Focusing on LGBTQ+ Health Considerations

The LGBTQ+ Health Care Conference is a three-day event designed for health care professionals, learners, researchers, patients, community organizations and interested community members who seek to understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ+ population.

Attendees will learn how to provide respectful, patient-centered, culturally competent health care by developing skills to establish rapport, recognize barriers to medical care, offer LGBTQ+ patients competent primary care and/or referrals to such care and identify the unique health risks in the LGBTQ+ population.


Topics for the LGBTQ+ Virtual Health Care Conference include supporting gender diverse youth and families, community advocacy, inclusive sexual health practices, identity development, spiritual care, mental health, gender-affirming surgery, intersex health and more.

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2023 Keynote Speakers

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Elizabeth Brader, MPA

The Shared Past, Present, and Future of Disabled and Queer Civil Rights

Eliza Brader is a Disabled, Bisexual activist and policy researcher. Brader graduated from the University of New Mexico with triple honors in pre-law philosophy and represented her almamater twice in the Rhodes Scholarship competition. She is a recent alumnus of the IU Bloomington O’Neill School, earning her Master of Public Affairs in Policy Analysis. After a gap year to recover from a skull-to-C4 spinal fusion, Brader will continue her research on implementing restorative justice solutions in civil rights systems in a dual PhD JD program.

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Marlon Bailey, PhD

From Health to Care: Addressing Structural Vulnerabilities in Health Care Systems for LGBTQ+ People of Color

Marlon M. Bailey is a Black queer theorist and critical/performance ethnographer who studies Black LGBTQ cultural formations, sexual health, and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has served as the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor in Africana Studies at Carleton College; the Distinguished Weinberg Fellow in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University, and a Visiting Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Bruce E. Smail, MA

A 20-Year Journey of Living with HIV: Recommendations for Healthcare Providers

Bruce E. Smail joined Indiana University in January 2020 and serves as the Director, LGBTQ+ Culture Center and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. His career spans almost 30 years and includes experience in social justice, diversity, and advocacy in the fields of higher education and nonprofit management. Smail’s nonprofit leadership included: Deputy Director, Black AIDS Institute; Executive Director, The MOCHA Center; and CEO, Virgin Islands Community AIDS Resource & Education.

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Adrian Shanker

Advances in LGBTQI+ Health Equity in the Biden-Harris Administration

Adrian Shanker (he/him) is senior advisor on LGBTQI+ health equity in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that capacity, he advises the Assistant Secretary for Health ADM Rachel Levine as well as OASH staff on LGBTQI+ health policy as well as providing staff-level leadership to the department-wide HHS LGBTQI+ Health Policy Coordinating Committee.

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Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins made history in 2017 as the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Now serving as Council President, she is also a writer, performance artist, poet and transgender activist.

Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979. She worked as a Vocational Counselor for Hennepin County government, for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

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