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 

LGBT 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 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


LGBT Organizations