Call for proposals

In Our Own Voices seeks active & engaging workshop and panel proposals for the Unity through Diversity Health Conference.

Unity Through Diversity: The Power of Unity

In 2008, In Our Own Voices, Inc. hosted our first LGBTQIA+ Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Health Summit. That year, over 150 scholars, administrators, activists, and students gathered to reflect on the status of health and wellness, substance use, spirituality, and political advocacy within the LGBTQIA+ BIPOC community.


By 2011, this statewide summit grew into a national conference: Unity Through Diversity: The Power of Unity!


As we enter into our 25th year of strengthening and empowering LGBTQIA+ BIPOC communities, we’re so proud to announce that the next Unity Through Diversity: The Power of Unity National Health Conference will be held in-person from October 25 to October 29, 2023 at the Hilton in Albany, New York!


The purpose of the Unity through Diversity Health Conference is to lift up the voices of LGBTQIA+ BIPOC communities, while promoting social justice, healthy sexuality, violence-free living, social activism, and safer spaces. The Call for Proposals for this year’s Health Conference is now open, and we’re seeking proposals for active and engaging workshops that address these topics!

Proposals must be emailed to [email protected] by  August 15, 2023.

Call for Proposals

Proposals to be considered for presentation at this LGBTQIA+ BIPOC Health Conference must be submitted on the Proposal Submission Form. In accordance with the following guidelines. Proposals are submitted to: [email protected]. Handwritten proposals will not be accepted.

Proposal Selection Criteria

The Conference consists of three tracks

  • Education and Capacity Building
  • Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Wellness and Treatment


Each proposal must be related to one specific track. Please indicate whether the proposal is for a panel presentation or workshop. The proposal cannot include both.

Populations & Issues

  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Lesbians and Women who have Sex with Women (WSW)
  • Gay Men and Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)
  • Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People (TGNC)
  • Anti-Violence
  • Substance Use
  • Spirituality
  • Immigrants
  • Older Populations
  • Families
  • COVID and LGBT Community
  • Sex Positive
  • Sexual Health in the Spectrum
  • Non Binary Community
  • Differently Able
  • Social Justice
  • Activism and Advocacy
  • Radical Self Care
  • Indigenous and Tribal Communities
  • Asian Communities

Proposals should answer or address any one or more of the following questions:

  1. What trends are emerging in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Gender Non-Conforming people of color (LGBT POC) communities?
  2. What innovations have been applied to work with LGBTGNC POC?
  3. What lessons can be shared with providers and researchers?
  4. How has your project, research, or initiative yielded measurable improved health outcomes for LGBTGNC POC?
  5. What are the successes and challenges of partnerships between academic institutions, community agencies, medical centers, and other institutions?
  6. What advocacy models have worked in LGBTGNC POC communities?

Workshop Presentations

The workshops are designed to serve as a 60-minute information-sharing and skills-building sessions. Each workshop will be limited to not more than three presenters. A panel can be submitted as a workshop as long as there is at least 10 minutes dedicated to an audience Q&A (Questions and Answers) section. Please indicate how your presentation will enhance knowledge and increase skills in the following areas: planning; development and implementation; evaluation; and/or political advocacy. Spanish-language workshops from native speaking presenters will be accepted for review.

Workshop Proposal Application Guidelines

Proposals that will not be accepted include:
• Faxed proposals
• Sales pitches for products or services
• Non-relevant to LGBT POC health and related services
• Proposals received after  August 15, 2023.

Checklist of Proposal Requirements

Please utilize the checklist below as you work through the Proposal Submission process to ensure that you are properly following all guidelines.


  • Proposal is being submitted on the Proposal Submission Form
  • Proposal addresses all required components as described in the guidelines.
  • Proposal is between 150-200 words.
  • All co-authors are listed and aware that their names appear on this proposal.

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