Access to health care and informed care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) populations continues to advance as more is learned about the unique clinical care needs of sexual and gender minority patients. Substantial national data demonstrating health disparities in the LGBTQ population and poor access to care increase their risk for disease and disability. In addition, recent public policy proposals appear to be directly intended to target the LGBTQ population, such as legislation on conversion therapy and access of public bathrooms. The LGBTQ Health Section welcomes all members who are interested in advancing TMA’s leadership role in providing physicians and patients with evidence-based scientific information on care, addressing practice management issues, and communicating association policy and expertise on LGBTQ health.
The section’s charge is stated in the TMA Bylaws:
3.252 LGBTQ Health Section. The House of Delegates shall have a section named the LGBTQ Health Section. The section will address important issues of interest to LGBTQ medical students, resident and fellows, and physicians. Any TMA physician member may become a member of the section. The section shall have the authority to elect one voting delegate to serve in the House of Delegates. The section shall elect an alternate delegate who may serve as provided in 3.32. The section will be directed by an elected governing council and governed by operating procedures approved by the House of Delegates. The operating procedures shall provide the purposes, organization, and procedures of the LGBTQ Health Section. The LGBTQ Health Section shall (1) study and advance the scientific basis for the care of LGBTQ patients; (2) develop policy and resources on LGBTQ health and advance the association as a leader in providing physicians with evidence-based scientific information on the care of LGBTQ patients; (3) address the unique issues in practice management, billing, and maintaining medical records in the care of LBGTQ patients; and (4) communicate association policy and expertise on LGBTQ health. (5) educate policymakers and advocate for policies addressing the medical spectrum of gender identity to improve access to quality health care. (As noted in TMA Bylaws - Jan. 5, 2021)
The section met Dec. 1, 2020 to elect the executive council and approve proposed operating procedures for submission to the TMA House of Delegates at TexMed 2021. The section’s executive council are:
Chair: G.S. Massingill, MDChair-Elect: John Carlo, MDSecretary: Maria Monge, MDDelegate: Emily Briggs, MDAlt. Delegate: Kelly Bennett, MDMedical Student: Daniel Bradford, JD
A copy of the section’s operating procedures is available here.
60.008 Rejection of Discrimination:The Texas Medical Association does not discriminate, and opposes discrimination, based on race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, national origin, age, sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity. TMA supports physician efforts to encourage that the nondiscrimination policies in their practices, medical schools, hospitals, and clinics be broadened to include “race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, national origin, age, sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity” in relation to patients, health care workers, and employees. (CSPH Rep. 1-A-18)
60.010 Opposing Legislation that Mandates Physician Discrimination: The Texas Medical Association (1) supports the removal of “opposite sex” as a requirement for affirmative defense to prosecution within the Texas Penal Code, and (2) opposes legislation or regulation that mandates physicians and other health professionals discriminate against or limit access to health care for a specific patient population (Res. 111-A-19).
265.028 Improving LGBTQ Health Care AccessThe Texas Medical Association recognizes that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) individuals have unique health care needs and suffer significant barriers in access to care that result in health care disparities. TMA will provide educational opportunities for physicians on LGBTQ health issues to increase physician awareness of the importance of building trust so LGBTQ patients feel comfortable voluntarily providing information on their sexual orientation and gender identity, thus improving their quality of care. TMA also will continue to study how best to reduce barriers to care and increase access to physicians and public health services to improve the health of the LGBTQ population. (CSPH Rep. 8-A-18)
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