Lesbian Gay Bisexual 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. In fact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that addiction rates for the LGBT community are 48% higher than the general population. Some good first steps in serving this population include:

o    Develop and visibly post non-discrimination, fair visitation and other policies that prevent bias
o    Review your organization’s definition of “Family” and “Family income”
o    Train providers and staff on sexual orientation and gender identity issues and health disparities
o    Implement practices to collect data about patient sexual orientation and gender identity  
o    See feedback from LGBT patients about their healthcare experiences
o    Strengthen partnerships with local and national organizations that support and advocate for the LGBT community


LGBT Resources

*NEW* Communication with Transgendered Individuals Ten Tips from Language of Caring
On Demand LGBT Health Webinars National LGBT Health Education Center
2018 State Equality Index Human Rights Campaign
Where We Call Home: LGBT People In Rural AmericaMovement Advancement Project April 2019
WEBINAR SERIES: Addressing Social Determinants of Health for LGBT People Part 1  Part 2 National LGBT Health Education Center
Basics Revisited: Providing Affirmative Treatment for LGBT Clients  National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals (NALGAP), July 2014 
Coming-out Issues for LGBTs: Connections to Substance Use and Treatment  National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals (NALGAP)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Health National Healthcare for the Homeless Council
LGBTQ+ Comprehensive Health & Well-being Guide
Looking at the Landscape of LGBT and Gay-Friendly Rehab
 American Addiction Centers
College Guide for LGBTQ Students
 Maryville University
Partnering with Legal Services to Address Social and Structural Issues that Impede Quality Health Care for Transgender People
 National LGBT Health Education Center
The Recovery Village LGBTQ Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resources

2017 Healthcare Equality Index A National Benchmarking Tool Evaluating Healthcare Facilities LGBT Practices
 Human Rights Campaign
Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals in the U.S. Kaiser Family Foundation November 2016
Rainbow Health Initiative
LBT Health National Directory of Providers
LGBT Health Link
Lambda Legal LGBT Resources, including a directory of state laws and LGBT civil rights
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, 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
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

Two Spirit Health Central Florida
Care Resource FQHC Dade and Broward
Equality Florida
Fenway Health

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 For more information, contact Erin Sologaistoa at [email protected]