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Contact: Sophie Mohin, 914-740-2254, Smohin@liebertpub.com
New Peer-Reviewed Journal to Foster Optimal LGBT Health Celebrates National LGBT Health Awareness Week

New Rochelle, NY, March 26, 2013LGBT Health, a new peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers launching in fall 2013, enthusiastically recognizes and supports National LGBT Health Awareness Week (March 25-29), organized by the National Coalition for LGBT Health.

“One of the major barriers to heath for LGBT populations is that many LGBT individuals avoid healthcare because they fear embarrassment or discrimination,” says Editor-in-Chief, William Byne, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, NY). “LGBT Health Awareness Week is a time to encourage sexual and gender minorities not only to reflect on their health needs, but to empower them as a community of medical consumers to come out to their providers, to make their healthcare needs known to them, and to expect respectful state-of-the-art care. It is also a time for providers to appraise their LGBT cultural competence and their knowledge of the health needs specific to each segment of the LGBT community in order to provide them with the most effective medical care and appropriate screenings.”

Dr. Byne has gathered a distinguished multidisciplinary editorial board of internationally recognized experts with established track records in LGBT health to ensure the quality of papers published in the Journal and to give voice to this unique health care challenges in this population.

The health status and healthcare needs of the LGBT population are inadequately understood due to both the paucity of LGBT health research and the practice of mistakenly treating the LGBT population as a single entity when each letter, in actuality, stands for a distinct population with unique health vulnerabilities and concerns. Furthermore, the needs of each population are uniquely impacted by factors such as age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographical region, and the stigma that continues to be associated with sexual or gender minority status.

LGBT Health will identify crucial LGBT healthcare needs and the means to address them, providing a much-needed authoritative source and international forum in all areas pertinent to LGBT health and healthcare services. Spanning a broad array of disciplines, the Journal brings together the research, clinical, and health advocacy communities to overcome barriers to healthcare and other current challenges, as well as to expand options for treatment and prevention.

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. To sign up to receive email alerts for LGBT Health, click here.

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.