The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research. The Coalition addresses the entire LGBT community, including individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age regardless of disability, income, education, and geography. The Coalition is an initiative of HealthHIV, a national nonprofit focused on health equity.

Mission & Values

The Coalition seeks to:

  • Change public and private sector policies, laws, and regulations regarding LGBT health and related issues;
  • Increase resources to expand culturally competent health and social services delivery to a diverse and inclusive LGBT population; and
  • Build and disseminate knowledge regarding LGBT population’s health status, access to and utilization of health care and other health related information.

The Coalition values:

  • Eliminating health disparities that occur based on sexual orientation, gender identity and presentation, gender, race/ethnicity, education or income, disability, nationality, geographic location and age
  • Deriving its power and legitimacy from its membership and is committed to working on partnerships and consultation with it’s members in carrying out its work

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The National Coalition for LGBT Health is dedicated to effecting change by bringing together the rich diversity of the LGBT community at a national level, across gender/gender identity, race/ethnicity, disability, education, income, age, and geography.

Our organizational membership includes many of the leading LGBT health centers, local and state health departments, and leaders in LGBT policy in the US. The individual membership includes leading researchers and health care providers who work in HIV/AIDS, biomedical prevention, health disparities in minority communities, mental health in the LGBT community, and other critical areas of medicine and public health. Click here or the “Membership” box below to see a list of the Coalition’s members.




The National Coalition for LGBT Health welcomes your interest in membership and looks forward to your participation.

If you or your organization would like to join us in the effort to improve LGBT health and well-being, please click here to complete the registration form. For more information, please contact Christopher Cannon, Senior Manager of the National Coalition for LGBT Health at Christopher@HealthLGBT.org or 202-507-4727.




The 13th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week will be held March 23-27, 2015. The theme is “Time to Come Together: Trust, Transparency, Truth.” The National Coalition for LGBT Health created National LGBT Health Awareness Week in 2003 to promote increased health awareness and outcomes in the LGBT community and promote the need for greater cultural competency in the healthcare system.


LGBT Health Poster - ss with borderThroughout the week, the Coalition brings together national and state LGBT organizations, health centers, health departments, universities, health organizations, clinical and behavioral health providers, and LGBT individuals and allies to raise awareness of LGBT health equity focusing on the issues of trust, transparency, and truth.

It’s Time to Come Together across settings and disciplines to participate in discussions about LGBT health disparities, and advocate and educate on critical healthcare gaps and needs of LGBT individuals.

It’s time to build more TRUST that our providers and the healthcare system are sensitive to and addressing our personal identities and health needs.

It’s time for TRANSPARENCY in our healthcare systems to be more open and honest about services and costs to help ensure greater access to healthcare. We must advocate for authentic and complete data collection of sexual orientation and gender identity to reflect reality.

It’s time to tell the TRUTH. We must be honest about our sexual orientation, gender identity, and health needs with our providers and the healthcare system overall.

The Coalition will host a number of activities during the week that reflect its commitment to advocacy, education, research, and awareness for and about LGBT health.


It’s Time for Trusting Relationships: LGBT Health Awareness Week
Wed, March 25, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Click here to play the recording of this session. (1:15 hours)
Download the session slidedeck here.


Congressional briefing: It’s Time for Transparency, Thursday, March 26, 2015
Click here for the agenda and to RSVP

Nationwide Assessment

Nationwide assessment: It’s time for Truth about LGBT health in the US, the Coalition will launch a survey to capture three perspectives: consumers, care providers, and healthcare system administrators

Social Media

Social Media Awareness: It’s time to show support and bring awareness to LGBT health. Everyone is welcome to share our social media campaign materials and use the hashtags: #TIMETOGETHER, #TIME4TRUST, #TIME4TRANSPARENCY, #TIME4LGBTTRUTH, and #LGBTHealthWeek throughout the week.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in LGBT Health Awareness Week by advocating and educating his or her local communities to come together to support and take action about LGBT health focused on this year’s theme. Share your events, photos, and posts with the Coalition through our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

If you would like to raise awareness during the Week, click here to access our promotional materials.


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LGBT Health Training
The Coalition is developing an LGBT health education and CME program for current clinical care providers. The committee is made up of clinical providers, health science researchers, and behavioral health specialists.

State of LGBT Health
We will be conducting the first nationwide survey examining the state of LGBT health in the United States from three unique perspectives: consumer, clinical providers, and healthcare system organizations. The survey will be conducted in 2015 with results due early 2016.



For additional information about HealthHIV’s programs, initiatives, or coalitions, please click here to email, or call 202.232.6749.