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Contact: Sophie Mohin, 914-740-2254, Smohin@liebertpub.com
Global Access to Care for LGBT Individuals is an Urgent Priority

New Rochelle, NY, June 24, 2013—In many regions of the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, andtransgender (LGBT) individuals face barriers to appropriate healthcare due to stigma, discrimination, and legal sanctions against same gender sexual expression. A Perspective written by Nils Daulaire, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, published online ahead of print in LGBT Health, draws attention to the recent progress being made in the U.S. to remove barriers to LGBT healthcare and emphasizes the need to expand these efforts globally. LGBT Health is a new peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, launching in September 2013. The article "The Importance of LGBT Health on a Global Scale" is available free on the LGBT Health website.

The increasing emphasis in the U.S. and other nations on protecting the human rights of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities and diminishing their barriers to health care does little to address the plight of these populations in regions of the world where they have no legal protections and may be persecuted, denied basic human rights, and even executed. On a global scale, the World Health Organization (WHO), the health arm of the United Nations, needs support in taking the lead to reduce stigma, fear, discrimination, and legal restrictions that too often create limitations for sexual and gender minorities, including barriers to healthcare.

“For those of us who enjoy the freedom to celebrate our diversity openly, our month of celebrations should strengthen our resolve to stand up for global human rights, including the right of sexual and gender minorities to seek and obtain healthcare without fear or discrimination,” says Editor-in-Chief William Byne, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, NY).

About the Journal
Spanning a broad array of disciplines, LGBT Health brings together the LGBT research, medical, and advocacy communities to address current challenges and improve the health, well-being, and patient outcomes of LGBT populations. The Journal will publish original research, review articles, clinical reports, case studies, legal and policy perspectives, and much more. LGBT Health will be published quarterly, online with Open Access options and in print. Sign up today to receive email alerts for LGBT Health. A preview issue will be available in July.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative medical and biomedical peer-reviewed journals, including AIDS Patient Care and STDs, AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, Journal of Women’s Health, and Population Health Management. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers pioneered the first journal on AIDS in 1983. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s more than 70 journals, newsmagazines, and books is available on the Mary Ann Liebert Inc., publishers website.