LGBTQ Topics in Nursing Journals

One of the “actions” that emerged from discussions at the 2013 Nursing Summit was the need for mentoring and support for nurses who are writing and publishing LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, inquiring) topics in nursing journals, or who want to do exactly that. So Mickey Eliason and Peggy Chinn have set up a virtual support group for this precise purpose. This is a private WordPress web site and blog, so if you want to participate you will need to request access to the blog, either by sending Peggy or Mickey an email asking to be added to the site, or by going to the blog site  and sending a request to join the blog. You can remain as an active participant as long as the site serves you well … when you no longer want or need to be involved, you can drop off!

Here is the description of the site:

This is a private blog for nurses who are writing and seeking publication for their work focused on LGBTQI health issues. Members of the group will all be blog authors, and will participate in sharing their ideas, challenges and issues related to writing and publishing LGBTQI focused articles. All members will also participate in providing feedback and suggestions for other contributors. All members agree to:

  • Post regularly as a means to nurture consistent writing habits.
  • Provide constructive feedback and encouragement for other members of the group.
  • Follow the blog, including posts and comments, in order to remain engaged and provide timely feedback and interaction on the blog.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all issues and personal information shared on the blog.

The blog site permits you to request enrollment, or you can contact Peggy Chinn directly:


CFP: Sexual Minority Health (GLMA)

The  Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA invites you to submit an abstract for its 31st Annual Conference, which will be held September 18-21, 2013, in Denver, CO. GLMA’s Annual Conference is the premier LGBT health conference and the world’s largest scientific gathering devoted to LGBT health issues and concerns. GLMA’s Annual Conference educates health professionals and health profession students about the unique health needs of LGBT patients. The conference is a forum for discussion and exploration of how best to address these needs as well as the needs of LGBT health professionals and health profession students. GLMA’s Annual Conference also reports on research into the health needs of LGBT people. This year’s conference will place a special emphasis on the role of health professionals in promoting positive, healthy LGBT communities. GLMA encourages the submission of abstracts that explore avenues for optimizing health through effective social supports and wellness, maintaining and improving function and reducing disparities in LGBT communities. Abstracts on this theme may include, but are not limited to, topics on:

  •  Physical activity and cardiovascular health
  •  Resiliency in the LGBT community
  •  Self-care for healthcare providers
  •  Supportive social/family structures
  •  Therapeutic care such as occupational and physical therapy that supports return to life functions
  •  Pet therapy and art therapy in long-term or hospice settings and across the life span

General topics presented at the GLMA Annual Conference include:

  •  Clinical health updates
  •  Equality for LGBT health professionals
  •  Skills-building
  •  Primary care issues
  •  Health profession education and training
  •  Health policy issues
  •  Emerging LGBT health issues
  •  Health disparities and cultural competence
  •  Model programming
  •  Original, scientific research

GLMA especially encourages the submission of clinical content. Clinical topics addressed at past conferences include:

  •  Behavioral health
  •  Bisexual health
  •  Cancer
  •  Disorders of sex development (intersex)
  •  Families and relationships
  •  Gay/MSM health
  •  Lesbian/WSW health
  •  LGBT racial and ethnic minorities
  •  LGBT youth and adolescents
  •  Older LGBT adults
  •  Public health
  •  Reproductive/sexual health
  •  Substance abuse
  •  Transgender health

Special topic request: Abstracts on the topic of Hepatitis will be given special consideration.

Abstracts should address the intersections of sexual orientation and gender identity with other identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, HIV status, religion) and their impact on health disparities. Abstracts should also be geared to a multidisciplinary audience.

Format of Sessions: GLMA is calling for two types of abstract submissions: Workshops Sessions and Original Research Sessions (oral and poster presentations). Please read the guidelines to identify which submission type is right for you.

Deadline: Abstract submissions must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST on March 11, 2013.

Further information and submission:

CFS: Social and Behavioral Aspects of LGBT Health (Annals Behav Med)

Call for Papers: Social and Behavioral Aspects of LGBT Health | Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Third Special Section on Understanding and Minimizing Health Disparities: Focus on Social and Behavioral Aspects of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued the report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for a Better Understanding, which described the large disparities found in these populations, including disparities in physical health outcomes and inequities in healthcare access. The report noted the need for a firm foundation of research on LGBT health, and highlighted the need for studies in several areas related to behavioral medicine, including social influences on the lives of LGBT people (social structures such as families); inequities in healthcare (e.g., in access to care); interventions to decrease disparities (including intervention development research to identify underlying mechanisms leading to risk); and transgender-specific health needs.

Annals of Behavioral Medicine is committed to publishing excellent research on health disparities and has released two Special Sections to date on racial/ethnic health disparities. The focus of this third special section is on social and behavioral aspects of LGBT health disparities. The journal aims to attract a broad set of manuscripts on a variety of disease conditions, intervention modalities, and risk and protective factor(s).

Following IOM recommendations, articles should use one or more of the following questions as an underlying theoretical framework:

  1. How do social influences, structures, and contexts (e.g., families, schools, networks) serve as or moderate risk (e.g., stress, stigma, poor coping) or protective factors (e.g., social support) to maintaining or reducing LGBT health disparities, including in risk, disease outcomes and healthcare inequities?
  2. What kinds of psychosocial variables mediate the relationship between LGBT identity and health? Which cross-cutting socio-demographic characteristics might help to elucidate our understanding of LGBT health disparities (e.g., age, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity) and in what ways?
  3. What types of behavioral and psychosocial interventions can help to reduce LGBT health disparities?

Editorial Process

Letters of Intent (LOIs) for this Special Section are due by February 15, 2013. To submit a Letter of Intent, please use the PDF template that can be found at

LOIs should include the following sections:

  1. Rationale of how the manuscript complements and extends prior and current work on health disparities, and how it will contribute to theory, policy or practice
  2. Specific hypotheses or research questions
  3. Research methods, including sample definition and selection procedures, research design, intervention design (if applicable), and key constructs
  4. Central findings that address the major research questions. If the study involves statistical analyses, statistical analysis techniques and primary statistical findings supporting the research questions must be presented in the text as well as a table. If the study involves a qualitative analysis (e.g., narrative analysis, focus groups, discourse analysis), the methods used for analyzing the data should be described and summary findings should be presented in the text and a table.
  5. Assurance that that all data to be analyzed for this manuscript have been collected and analyzed at the time of this submission.

Sections 1-4 of the LOI should fit into the existing text boxes of the PDF. Please title the LOI as: [Your last name]_LOI_Round3. Once the LOI is completed and saved, please send it to the Senior Editor of the LGBT Special Section, Laura M. Bogart, PhD, at

The described research in the LOI should not be a mere documentation of LGBT health disparities, but instead should examine mechanisms that could explain the disparity. Although between-group studies (i.e., comparing LGBT to heterosexual individuals) can be presented as evidence for health disparities, within-group studies on a particular LGBT group that experiences significant disparities are also welcome. Both intervention and non-intervention studies are invited, as are both quantitative and qualitative studies. LOIs will be evaluated by the special section editors in terms of the adequacy of the theoretical or conceptual framework for the study; the study’s significance and contribution to the field; the study’s methodological adequacy, in terms of design, operationalization of constructs, sampling, and data analyses; and the overall comprehensibility and clarity of the writing. LOIs that do not present primary results will not be considered. In addition, the study’s main focus should be physical health disparities among LGBT people. LOIs focused solely on mental health or substance use outcomes will not be considered. LOIs that pass the first stage of review will be invited for full manuscript submission and peer review by the end of February, 2013. Manuscripts will be due by April 15, 2013. The journal is committed to devoting substantial journal space to health disparities research throughout future issues.

Special Section Editors: Laura M. Bogart, PhD, Harvard Medical School; Tracey A. Revenson, PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York; Keith E. Whitfield, PhD, Duke University

CFS: Health Equity & Sexual Minority Populations (J Am Psych Nurs Assoc)

Call for Papers for a Focused Issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association: Advancing Health Equity in Disparity Populations–Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People

Guest Editors: Alicia Matthews, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL; Tonda Hughes, Ph.D., RN, FAAN University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL; Colleen Corte, Ph.D., RN University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL; Rhonda Brown, Ph.D., RN Deakin University, College of Nursing, Melbourne, Australia

The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association is inviting papers for a focused issue of the journal that focus on a range of topics related to the emotional and behavioral health of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. For this special issue, the editors are seeking manuscripts that advance knowledge of the social and environmental determinants of emotional and behavioral health disparities among LGBT populations, methodologies that advance measurement and data collection, interventions aimed at prevention and treatment, the identification of factors associated with resilience, and analysis of policy approaches to improving LGBT health and well-being. Manuscripts may be analytic or descriptive in format and should include implications of findings for research, treatment, and public policy programs. Manuscripts focused on international perspectives are also welcomed.

Editors are seeking manuscripts addressing but not limited to the following broad range of topics:

  •  The role of nursing in promoting resilience and improving the mental well-being of LGBT individuals, including incorporating LGBT health content into nursing curricula;
  •  The identification of social, cultural, and environmental determinants of poor mental health and engagement in health risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol use;
  •  The discussion of theoretical and analytic frameworks for improving understanding of intersectionality and mental well-being;
  •  The evaluation of prevention and mental health promotion interventions across the life span;
  •  Discussion of clinical and research best practices for the prevention and management of mental and behavioral health problems;
  •  Studies focusing on identifying metrics for measuring and monitoring LGBT mental and behavioral health;
  •  Papers focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of policies, services, and interventions that improve LGBT mental health outcomes;
  •  Enhancing training of health-care providers and communication to policy makers about LGBT health;
  •  Discussion and analysis of university and community partnerships aimed at reducing LGBT mental health disparities; and
  •  Papers focused on resilience and protective factors.

Deadline for Submission: February 15, 2013 |Anticipated publication date: October 1, 2013

Submission guidelines: Manuscript submissions will be reviewed per the usual journal procedures. Please refer to the journal for author guidelines. Any questions about this special issue may be directed to Dr. Alicia Matthews at (312) 996-7885 or .

Submit your manuscripts online via SAGE track at .

Visit  for manuscript submission guidelines.

Post-Doc: Same-Sex Couples & Others

Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PGSP/PAU), which has two APA-accredited doctoral programs (PhD and a joint PsyD with the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University), is recruiting a full-time postdoctoral fellow to work directly with Dr. Kimberly Balsam on an NICHD-funded grant examining legal status, stigma, health and well-being among same-sex and heterosexual couples in a longitudinal cohort that was previously surveyed 10 years ago. Requirements for the job include a Ph.D. in Psychology or related field, knowledge and interest in LGBT psychology, strong research background, excellent organizational skills, careful attention to detail, ability to work collaboratively with a research team, ability to supervise graduate students in psychology, and strong clinical interviewing skills.  Position begins 9/1/12.  To apply:  Please send a CV, statement of interest in the position including research experience and career goals, a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation to Kimberly Balsam at
Applications will be reviewed immediately and considered until the position is filled.  Women and ethnic minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Palo Alto University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Sexual, Gender Diversity Training Resource

True Colors, a Connecticut based not-for-profit that supports sexual minority youth, their families, educators and healthcare providers, announces the release of A Sexuality and Gender Diversity Training Program: Increasing the Competency of Mental Health Professionals, co-authored by True Colors Executive Director, Robin McHaelen. The book will be useful for mental health and school nurses.

“This book represents 20 years of my experience in helping child welfare professionals and clinicians develop cultural competency in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth!” McHaelen said about the volume. “It was great working with co-authors Rebekah and Kathy too – they really put the context and meaning around the curriculum!”

 The resource includes 10 complete exercises on CD rom. Chapters include establishing the problem context, historical background, introduction to the training modules and 10 training modules ranging from professional values clarification to creating an inclusive practice to parenting LGBT youth.

More information at:

CFS: Workshop Proposals, Sexual Minority Youth

Call for Workshop Proposals True Colors Conference

True Colors, the Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services of Connecticut, seeks proposals for workshops for sexual minority youth, their families, and their teachers, school nurses, and counselors to be presented at the 17th annual True Colors Conference, at the University of Connecticut-Storrs on Friday and Saturday, March 12 & 13, 2010. The conference theme is Focusing on OUR Families.

True Colors “works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed . . .[and] challenge all forms of oppression through education, training, advocacy, youth leadership development, mentoring and direct services to youth and those responsible for their well-being.”

Conference workshops fall under the following categories:

  • College students only
  • General workshops for youth and adults
  • Junior high school only
  • High school only, and
  • Professional best practices (for educators, healthcare providers, school nurses, and social services providers).

Deadline for proposals is Friday, December 11, 2009

You can learn more about True Colors and its conference at: