The GLMA Handbook on LGBT Health

by Jason S. Schneider, MD, Vincent M. B. Silenzio, MD, MPH, and Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA, Editors, Foreword by Hector Vargas, JD


LGBT youth experience three to four times the risk of suicide compared to heterosexual youth, and have an increased risk of stress-related mental health problems and substance abuse.

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May 2019


Pages 580
Volumes 2
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics LGBTQ Studies
  Health & Wellness

This comprehensive review is the first handbook on LGBT physical and mental health created by the world's oldest and largest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health care professionals.

Recent years have seen a flood of high quality research related to the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families. The GLMA Handbook on LGBT Health is the first comprehensive resource to gather that knowledge in one place in the service of vital information needs. Both accurate and easy to understand, the two-volume handbook addresses physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as policy decisions affecting the LGBT community from youth through old age.

Volume One is devoted to overall health of the population and preventive care, while Volume Two examines disease management. Entries discuss concerns as diverse as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, domestic violence, depression, heart health, policy and advocacy, and research. The clear but detailed articles in this groundbreaking work will help readers cut through the noise and controversy surrounding scientific advances to make informed choices about their health and well-being.


  • Includes issues of physical, emotional, and sexual health, as well as prevention of disorders
  • An appendix of organizations that may serve as sources for more information or assistance


  • Brings the full scope of LGBT health together in one reference devoted to meeting the information needs of the general public
  • Breaks ground as the first such book written by health care professionals who are themselves gay and lesbian and are members of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
  • Includes a chapter on finding (or establishing) a LGBT-friendly practice
  • Provides information on health concerns and prevention and treatment options while also examining related issues such as public policy, politics, and funding
Author Info

Jason S. Schneider, MD, is associate professor at Emory University's School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He received his MD from New York University School of Medicine in Manhattan and completed residency training in internal medicine at Emory University. His clinical and academic interests include sexual health and sexuality, the interaction of psychiatry and general medicine, and primary care for LGBT patients. He served on the board of directors of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association for more than ten years.

Vincent M. B. Silenzio, MD, MPH, is associate professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester, NY. He was a founding member of the Columbia Program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Research in the Mailman School of Public Health and is a practicing academic physician, medical ethnographer, and medical educator. His current research focuses on social media and suicide prevention research with LGBT adolescents and young adults. Silenzio was coeditor-in-chief of the Journal of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and a member of the GLMA board of directors. He received his MD and MPH degrees from the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the UMDNJ-New Jersey Graduate School of Public Health and completed residency and fellowship training in family medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA, is a psychiatrist working with LGBT people in New York City. She is the editor of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource guide written by and for transgender people. She is also a board member of the New York County Psychiatric Society and the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists as well as a former board member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. Erickson-Schroth has appeared on NPR's Fresh Air and On Point, and was named to Out magazine's Out100 in 2014. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, New York University Psychiatry Residency, Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship, and Mount Sinai Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship.



"This is an excellent resource for public, academic, and health sciences collections."Booklist

"...useful for think tanks, policymakers, and professionals interested in establishing a LGBT-friendly practice."Library Journal

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