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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 July 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.

  1. When large numbers of asylum seekers immigrate to a country, civil society is encouraged to contribute to their integration. A subgroup of asylum seekers comprising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or quee...

    Authors: Pelle Pelters, Krister Hertting, Catrine Kostenius and Eva-Carin Lindgren
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1246
  2. Despite the vulnerabilities associated with the youth migration process, knowledge on the drivers of risky sexual behaviour among migrant street youth is limited. This study sought to explore the pathways driv...

    Authors: Mulekya Francis Bwambale, Deborah Birungi, Cheryl A. Moyer, Paul Bukuluki and Bart van den Borne
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1119
  3. Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) infections are prevalent among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China. However, compared to syphilis and HIV, the testing rate for chlamydia and gonorrh...

    Authors: Xiao-Xin Lin, Si-Yan Meng, Wu-Jian Ke, Xiao-Hui Zhang, Liu-Yuan Wang, Yu-Ying Liao, Han Liu, Pei-Zhen Zhao, Chun-Mei Liang, Hui-Ru Chen, Hai-Ying Long, Bin Yang and Li-Gang Yang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1036
  4. Food insecurity is a pressing public health problem. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people are at increased risk for food insecurity, yet this issue remains grossly understudied among this population. The pu...

    Authors: Jennifer M. Jabson Tree, Jennifer Russomanno, Marissa Bartmess and Joel G. Anderson
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:957
  5. As a group at high-risk for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) infection, the psychological distress of transgender women cannot be ignored while preventing and controlling AIDS risks. Transgender wome...

    Authors: Meng Sun, Haoqiang Ji, Xu Chen, Jia Xu, Jiachen Lu, Yaohui Yi, Yuanping Pan, Ruiheng Wu, Yunting Chen, Yuxin Duan, Xiaofeng Dou and Ling Zhou
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:955
  6. As of 2019, men who have sex with men (MSM) in Canada are ineligible to donate blood if they have had oral or anal sex with another man in the last 3 months. Deferral policies targeting MSM are largely interpr...

    Authors: JP Armstrong, David J. Brennan, David Collict, Maya Kesler, Tsegaye Bekele, Rusty Souleymanov, Daniel Grace, Nathan J. Lachowsky, Trevor A. Hart and Barry D. Adam
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:849
  7. HIV self-testing (HIVST) could play an important role in improving access to testing and therefore reducing inequalities related to late diagnosis of HIV, while also improving access to HIV prevention interven...

    Authors: Emily Jay Nicholls, Phil Samba, Leanne McCabe, Mitzy Gafos, Andrew N. Philips, Roy Trevelion, Alison J. Rodger, Fiona M. Burns, Peter Weatherburn and T. Charles Witzel
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:809
  8. This study aimed to investigate sexual orientation disclosure and mental health among young men who have sex with men (YMSMs). To this end, we constructed a chained multimediator model of sexual minority stigm...

    Authors: Sumin Tan, Ping Cen, Ting Fang, Xing Yang, Yun Zhang, Jiawen Zhu, Haimei Huang, Min Wang, Li Jiang, Jieling Mo and Chuanyi Ning
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:797
  9. Although gender nonconformity (GNC) and transgender identity are both linked to bullying victimization, few studies have examined them with bullying victimization simultaneously. Using a sample of Youth Risk B...

    Authors: Qiguo Lian, Ruili Li, Zhihao Liu, Xiaona Li, Qiru Su and Dongpeng Zheng
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:650
  10. The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions stopped people freely engaging in sexual behaviour. We explored sexual behaviour amongst men who have sex with men (MSM) using mixed methods during the mul...

    Authors: Adam Williams, David Gillespie, Zoë Couzens, Fiona Wood, Kathryn Hughes and Kerenza Hood
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:396
  11. The Philippines, which has the fastest rising HIV epidemic globally, has limited options for HIV testing and its uptake remains low among cisgender men who have sex with men (cis-MSM) and transgender women (TG...

    Authors: Patrick C. Eustaquio, Roberto Figuracion Jr, Kiyohiko Izumi, Mary Joy Morin, Kenneth Samaco, Sarah May Flores, Anne Brink and Mona Liza Diones
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:366
  12. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. Little is known about vaccine attitudes and uptake among this population. To address this, the objectives of this...

    Authors: Alex Abramovich, Nelson Pang, Sharumathy Kunasekaran, Amanda Moss, Tara Kiran and Andrew D. Pinto
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:122
  13. The well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals is a topic of increasing concern within the military where significant institutional barriers, targeted aggression, and differential organizationa...

    Authors: Felicia R. Carey, Isabel G. Jacobson, Keren Lehavot, Cynthia A. LeardMann, Claire A. Kolaja, Valerie A. Stander and Rudolph P. Rull
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:39
  14. Self-care health interventions are innovative approaches for improving health and achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Men who have sex with men (MSM) have been disproportionately affected by Hu...

    Authors: Adekemi Sekoni, Waimar Tun, Osasuyi Dirisu, Temitope Ladi-Akinyemi, Elizabeth Shoyemi, Sylvia Adebajo, Folasade Ogunsola and Lung Vu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:33
  15. Minority stress may lead to poorer mental health for sexual and gender minority adolescents, yet no interventions have been tested through an RCT to address these concerns.

    Authors: Jeremy T. Goldbach, Harmony Rhoades, Mary Rose Mamey, John Senese, Peter Karys and Flavio F. Marsiglia
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:2315
  16. There is growing evidence that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults experience more sleep problems than the general population. As LGB individuals experience a significantly greater risk of family rejection...

    Authors: Antony Chum, Andrew Nielsen and Celine Teo
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:2267
  17. This study aimed to determine whether the disclosure of same-sex behavior to health care providers (HCPs) is associated with higher rates of prior human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing experience and grea...

    Authors: Wangnan Cao, Xinyi You, Jinghua Li, Liping Peng, Jing Gu, Chun Hao, Fengsu Hou, Dannuo Wei, Yang Deng, Yuantao Hao and Phoenix Kit-han Mo
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:2243