Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender Individuals (LGBT)

LGBT individuals face health disparities, many linked to societal stigma. They face legal discrimination in access to health insurance, employment, housing, marriage, adoption, and retirement benefits, among other things. They often have low levels of social support and strained or non-existent relationships with their families leading to higher rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, physical violence and suicide. Some good first steps in serving this population include:

  • Develop and visibly post non-discrimination, fair visitation and other policies that prevent bias
  • Review your organization’s definition of “Family”
  • Train providers on sexual orientation and gender identify issues
  • Implement practices to collect data about patient sexual orientation and gender identity 

Resources

Improving the health care of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people: Understanding and eliminating Health disparities, Fenway Institute

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, Institutes of Medicine

Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit SAMHSA

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, Institute of Medicine, 2011

LGBT Health, Healthy People 2020

The National LGBT Health Education Center, A Program of the Fenway Institute

About LGBT Health, Centers for Disease Control

Organizations

Equality Florida

Fenway Health