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AMA welcomes Biden administration’s focus on LGBTQ+ health

Statement attributable to:

Jack Resneck Jr., MD

President, American Medical Association

“The Biden administration has included many laudable policies in its executive order on advancing equality for the LGBTQ+ community. The American Medical Association strongly supports efforts to reduce young people’s risk of exposure to so-called conversion therapy, an unethical practice that is not based on medical and scientific evidence. Evidence of existing health inequalities and discrimination demonstrates the need for this order’s overall focus on access to health care services by members of the LGBTQ+ community. As part of our own efforts to achieve health equity, the AMA supports access to quality, evidence-based health care regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. , recognizes that LGBTQ+ patients need to be protected from discrimination when seeking care, and supports coverage for gender affirmation. care. At the state and federal levels, the AMA works to expand access to medical services, reduce stigma in treating patients with unique needs, and remove discriminatory barriers to needed care. The actions set out in the decree will advance these efforts. »

In April 2021, the American Medical Association sent a letter to the National Governors Association, urging governors to oppose state legislation that would prohibit medically necessary care related to gender transition for underage patients, calling such efforts “a dangerous intrusion into the practice of medicine.”

About the American Medical Association

The American Medical Association is the powerful ally of physicians in patient care. As the only medical association that unites more than 190 state and specialty medical societies and other critical stakeholders, the AMA represents physicians with a unified voice to all key healthcare stakeholders. The AMA leverages its strength by removing barriers that interfere with patient care, leading the charge to prevent chronic disease and address public health crises, and leading the future of medicine to meet the greatest health care challenges. For more information, visit

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