LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS Health Equity Conference

The Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity is hosting the 2018 Transforming Care: LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS Health Equity Conference on October 18-19 at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center. Activists, academics, community members, and health & social service professionals are encouraged to attend this two-day conference that addresses health disparities affecting the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS community.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for professionals and community members to come together to share not only research and best practices but practical information like family planning, wellness activities, and health and safety initiatives.

2017 Conference Speakers

Gary Gates

Gary J. Gates, PhD

2017 Keynote Speaker

A recognized expert on the geography and demography of the LGBTQ population and a former research director at UCLA’s Williams Institute. Gates is responsible for many of the best estimates of the size and scope of America’s LGBTQ population.

“Assumptions about people are flimsy, numbers are solid. The reality of our political system is that you don’t really count unless you are counted.”


Naina Khanna

2017 Plenary Speaker

A national speaker, trainer, and advocate, Naina Khanna has worked in the HIV field since 2005, following her HIV diagnosis in 2002. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for AIDS United, the National Steering Committee for the US People Living with HIV Caucus, as a member of the Women’s HIV Research Initiative, and served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) from 2010-2014.

Prior to working in HIV, Naina co-founded and served as National Field Director for the League of Pissed Off Voters, a progressive national organization working to expand participation of young people and communities of color in electoral politics. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of California – San Francisco.

julia serano

Julia Serano

2017 Plenary Speaker

Julia Serano is an Oakland, California-based writer, performer, biologist, and activist. She is best known for her 2007 book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. The Advocate placed the book on their list of “Best Non-Fiction Transgender Books,” and readers of Ms. Magazine ranked it #16 on their list of the “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” Her other books include 2013’s Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive (which was a finalist for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction) and 2016’s Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism (which is a finalist for this years Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction). Julia’s other writings have appeared in over a dozen anthologies, and in magazines and news outlets such as TIME, The Guardian, Salon, The Daily Beast, Bitch, AlterNet, Out, and Ms.

She has gained notoriety in feminist, queer and transgender circles for her unique insights into gender, and her writings have been used as teaching materials in queer and gender studies courses across North America. In addition to her gender-related writing, Julia has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Columbia University, and for seventeen years she worked as a researcher in the fields of genetics and developmental and evolutionary biology at UC Berkeley. For more information about all of her creative endeavors, check out

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