GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

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GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

EIN: 94-2901694


GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments. To achieve this mission, GLMA utilizes the scientific expertise of its diverse multidisciplinary membership to inform and drive advocacy, education, and research.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Alex Sheldon MA

Main address

1629 K St. NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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Subject area info


LGBTQ rights

Population served info

LGBTQ people

Intersex people

Women and girls

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Professional Societies & Associations (E03)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) is the world's largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) healthcare professionals. GLMA was founded in 1981, as the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights, with the mission of ensuring equality in healthcare for LGBTQ individuals and healthcare professionals. Today, there is still considerable ignorance about LGBTQ health issues, with many assuming that LGBTQ health involves only HIV/AIDS. In fact, the full scope of the LGBTQ health agenda includes breast and cervical cancer, hepatitis, mental health, substance abuse, tobacco use, depression, access to care for transgender persons and other concerns.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health

Offered each fall to promote equality in healthcare from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered patients.  GLMA is certified by the ACCME to provide continuing education credits, and our annual conference offers programs on a wide range of LGBT health issues.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Intersex people

LHF is a grantmaking program to support medical research.  Over the years, LHF has given over $1,000,000 to promote lesbian health.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

In an effort to reduce disparities in healthcare, GLMA hosts an online provider directory to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender patients seek culturally competent health care providers.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Intersex people

Where we work


Frank Kameny Award 2020

The LGBTQ+ Bar Association

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Over the past three decades, GLMA has tackled many initiatives and projects. Early on, GLMA focused on HIV/AIDS and the issues faced by physicians coming out at work. As the climate and culture have changed, GLMA has become a leader in public policy advocacy related to LGBTQ health.

Originally open only to physicians, residents and medical students, in 2002, GLMA expanded its mission and now represents the interests of tens of thousands of LGBTQ health professionals of all kinds, as well as millions of LGBTQ patients and families. GLMA's membership includes approximately 1,000 member physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, researchers and academics, behavioral health specialists, health profession students and other health professionals. Our members reside and work across the US and in several other countries.

In 2012, GLMA announced a new tag line and preference to be known as GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, or simply “GLMA". This shift recognizes that all health professionals and our supporters have a role in improving the health and well-being of LGBTQ people and that GLMA is an organization that welcomes and serves everyone who shares in that belief.

Through the expertise of our members and in collaboration with other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights and health organizations as well as with health associations and policy-makers at all levels, GLMA is a major force in the effort to ensure the health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals and families.

We at GLMA take great pride in the impact we've made over our 30+ year history—with the support of our members, our supporters and the community at-large—toward greater equality in healthcare.

Below are just a few areas in which we have made a significant and sustainable impact:
- Healthcare Reform
- Hospital Discrimination
- Electronic Health Records
- Marriage Equality
- Patient Education & Referrals
- HIV Discrimination
- Cultural Competence
- Health Profession Advocacy
- Health Profession Education
- Continuing Education for Health Professionals
- Promoting Research

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.22 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$20,636 $106,335 -$22,845 $67,948 -$98,143
As % of expenses -3.3% 16.9% -4.8% 16.0% -14.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$21,450 $106,335 -$22,845 $67,948 -$98,143
As % of expenses -3.4% 16.9% -4.8% 16.0% -14.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $597,171 $735,071 $449,534 $449,695 $600,010
Total revenue, % change over prior year 10.3% 23.1% -38.8% 0.0% 33.4%
Program services revenue 50.3% 51.7% 27.8% 51.4% 37.6%
Membership dues 0.1% 1.5% 12.7% 12.5% 13.6%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 9.3% 0.0% 6.7%
All other grants and contributions 49.3% 46.1% 49.4% 36.1% 41.8%
Other revenue 0.4% 0.6% 0.7% 0.0% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $626,807 $628,811 $472,637 $424,076 $698,153
Total expenses, % change over prior year 3.1% 0.3% -24.8% -10.3% 64.6%
Personnel 40.9% 38.7% 45.7% 55.2% 28.1%
Professional fees 6.4% 6.6% 29.4% 13.5% 15.7%
Occupancy 3.8% 3.8% 5.2% 1.9% 1.1%
Interest 0.8% 0.8% 0.3% 0.4% 0.2%
Pass-through 5.6% 6.2% 0.0% 6.6% 5.8%
All other expenses 42.6% 43.9% 19.4% 22.4% 49.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $627,621 $628,811 $472,637 $424,076 $698,153
One month of savings $52,234 $52,401 $39,386 $35,340 $58,179
Debt principal payment $0 $42,473 $0 $1,819 $40,010
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $679,855 $723,685 $512,023 $461,235 $796,342

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.5 3.6 5.3 7.8 3.2
Months of cash and investments 2.5 3.6 5.3 7.8 3.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.4 3.4 4.0 6.3 2.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $128,798 $190,610 $207,567 $275,964 $188,128
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $52,923 $58,936 $1,676 $1,025 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $125,953 $125,953 $125,953 $125,953 $125,953
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 60.8% 29.4% 26.7% 29.6% 41.8%
Unrestricted net assets $72,847 $179,182 $156,337 $224,285 $126,142
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $72,847 $179,182 $156,337 $224,285 $126,142

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Alex Sheldon MA

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

Board of directors
as of 07/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Dr. Nick Grant

Gal Mayer

Jesse Joad

University of California, Davis

Laura Hein

Scott Nass

Amir Ahuja

Richard Greene

Andrew Petroll

Kylie Blume

Mia McDonald

Nicholas Grant

Tonia Poteat

Bobbi Dalley

Sarah Fogel

Shail Maingi

José Parés-Avila

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Non-binary, Transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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