LGBTQ+ HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE

This annual conference brings together providers and community members to learn about LGBTQ+ health disparities and build collaborative energy around their different work to address these issues across Maine.

Dates, registration, and workshop information for the conferences are shared in the Spring. 

Thank you to all who attended our
2018 conference: Advocating for LGBTQ+ Healthcare!

Click here for information on our 2019 Conference!

2018 CONFERENCE

June 2018 | Bangor, ME

The fourth annual conference took

place on Friday, June 29. The focus

was on advocating for LGBTQ+ people

and their healthcare needs. All were

invited to join this conversation for

learning and community building. 

Our Keynote Speaker was Pidgeon Pagonis, an intersex advocate and film maker. They are a leader in the intersex movement’s fight for bodily autonomy and justice. Their goal is to deconstruct the dangerous myths that lead to violations of intersex people’s human rights, including common, irreversible medical procedures performed without consent to make bodies conform to binary sex stereotypes. They shared their experiences as an intersex individual and spoke on the importance of advocacy. 

 

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2016 CONFERENCE

June 2016 | Lewiston, ME

The 2016 LGBTQ+ Conference highlighted lived experiences of community members to explore how multiple, complex identities impact health outcomes.  

This conference explored questions like:

  • How can a harm reduction approach improve queer health?

  • What are the unique health needs of elders who are LGBT?

  • Why are STIs and HIV still on the rise for gay and bisexual men?

  • How can providers make transition-related care more accessible?

The keynote address, “Not Because Our Bodies Are Different: LGBT Cancer Health Disparities” was delivered by Liz Margolies.

2015 CONFERENCE

June 2015 | Augusta, ME

The Maine LGBTQ+ Health Conference began as an approach to addressing health disparities affecting Maine's LGBTQ+ community by enhancing the cultural competence of health and public health providers.

This conference included workshops like:

  • Messaging and Promoting Services to the LGBTQ+ Community

  • Creating an Affirming Health Care Practice

  • And many more offered by the leading voices in LGBTQ+ healthcare from throughout Maine and the U.S

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Judith Bradford, Director of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health. Dr. Bradford presented on the continuing struggle for health equity for the LGBTQ+ community and the role that health and public health providers can play in overcoming health disparities.

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