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May 26, 1993

Gay, Lesbian Physicians Meet, March, Tell Shalala Bigotry Is Health Hazard

JAMA. 1993;269(20):2611-2612. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500200021009

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A LINE of several hundred people curled all the way around the atrium at Union Station in Washington, DC, unable to get into the largest gathering ever of gay and lesbian physicians.

The American Association of Physicians for Human Rights (AAPHR) reception at Union Station's Columbus Club was jammed with some 1500 gay and lesbian physicians and their same-sex spouses or partners—well over three times the number organizers expected.

These physicians were in the nation's capital last month to take part in the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation.

Gay and lesbian physicians and other health care providers also met with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna Shalala, PhD, her top aides, and key House of Representatives and Senate staff members to discuss a wide range of homosexual health issues, from acquired immunodeficiency syndrome to high rates of substance abuse and teen suicide,