The White House is launching a nationwide series of conferences to reach out to LGBT Americans. Via email from the White House Press Office:
The White House Office of Public Engagement (OPE) will partner with key Departments and Agencies to host a series of conferences around the country specifically focused on LGBT Americans. From February to June 2012, OPE will convene these White House LGBT Conferences to provide grassroots leaders, community organizers, advocates, students, and interested citizens an opportunity to hear directly from the Administration on our efforts to ensure health, well-being, security, justice, and equality for LGBT Americans. ...
Participants will receive important updates from senior Administration officials and have the opportunity to learn about Federal government resources and opportunities through workshop sessions. Future White House LGBT Conferences will be held in other locations throughout the country and focus on topics such as Housing & Homelessness, Safe Schools & Communities, and HIV/AIDS Prevention.
The first event is scheduled will be the "White House LGBT Conference on Health" in Philadelphia on February 16th. That conference will feature remarks by Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. There's been significant progress on LGBT-related health care action items, such as launching the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and granting hospital visitation rights. There probably should be some questions about the Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS.
More details to follow.