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 Health Cleveland Clinic


Vulnerable populations data
Same-Sex Couples Per 1,000 in Florida
 By census tract 
Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2013
A Survey of LGBT Americans Pew Research Center 2013
LGBT Data and Demographics The Williams Institute
LGBT Data Collection Amid Social and Demographic Shifts of the US LGBT Community
National Library of Medicine 2017
Census and LGBT Demographic Studies The Williams Institute
The Impact of Stigma and Discrimination Against LBGT People in Florida The Williams Institute

LGBT Organizations