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LGBTQ+ Health

Call for Papers

In ceNew Content Itemlebration of Pride Month and in support of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3) "To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages" and SDG5 "Achieve gender equality", BMC Public Health has launched a collection on LGBTQ+ Health. 

The LGBTQ+ population experiences inequalities with regards to health care and health outcomes while also facing discrimination in their daily lives. From access to health to primary and specialized care, this population faces barriers that need to be overcome world-wide. We welcome submissions exploring:

• Health disparities in the LGBTQ+ population

• Disease epidemiology in the LGBTQ+ population

• Development of inclusive public health programs to tackle LGBTQ+ health inequalities

• LGBTQ+ individuals’ perceptions and experiences as health care users

• Professional training and education on LGBTQ+ health

• LGBTQ+ mental health

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by our Guest Editors, Dr Monica Malta (University of Toronto) and Dr Wangnan Cao (Brown University).

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for BMC Public Health.

Data sets and descriptions relevant to the collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes as Data Notes. You can find out more about this article type here. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

Articles submitted to this collection will be published immediately following completion of peer-review and editorial acceptance. Articles submitted after 31st March 2022 will be not eligible for inclusion in the collection.



The existence of the SDGs represent a major milestone for inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons globally

Learn more about SDG3 'Good health and well-being' and Springer Nature's SDG program

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Learn more about SDG5 'Gender Equality' and Springer Nature's SDG program

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Meet the Guest Editors

Monica Malta

Dr. MonNew Content Itemica Malta's primary affiliation is at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and she is also affiliated with the University of Toronto. She has been engaged in global health research focusing on social and structural factors influencing health inequalities and the impact of gender-based violence among the LGBTQ2S community from Latin America. Her work informed several interventions and contribute to change local legislations protecting the human rights of LGBTQ2S persons, aiming at decreasing discrimination, violence and stigmatization of this population.


Wangnan Cao

WangnanNew Content Item Cao, PhD is a Research Associate at Brown University School of Public Health. She has been committed to addressing determinants and health impacts of various behaviors related to HIV prevention and treatment among LGBTQ. She has worked with national and international universities in the area of LGBTQ health, including Karolinska Institutet, Peking University, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She serves as an Editorial Board Member for BMC Public Health, BMC Infectious Diseases and Psychology of Men and Masculinities.