Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (LGBT)

The LGBT community is diverse, representing all races, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, and socioeconomic levels. They often have low levels of social support and strained relationships with family, who frequently reject them. As such young LGBT people more likely to be homeless than the general population and are frequent targets of hate crimes, sexual and physical violence.  LGBT individuals face health disparities, some linked to societal stigma, which discourages them from seeking care. Many have difficulty finding providers who’ll treat them without judgement, particularly transgender people, who report providers refusing to see them or using harsh language when they seek care. The LGBT population has higher rates of psychiatric disorders, anxiety, depression, substance and tobacco abuse, suicide, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases. They are twice as likely at others to be uninsured and less likely to get screened for cancer than the general population.  Some of the strategies health centers use to successfully serve this population include:

  • Collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Broadening the definition of “Family” and “Family income”
  • Training staff on sexual orientation and gender identity and LBGT health disparities
  • Partnering with LGBT organizations and advocates
  • Integrating mental health and substance use services
  • Partnering with organizations to address social needs such as food and housing insecurity
  • Helping people get enrolled in insurance

LGBT Resources

LGBT Data

LGBT Organizations

Related FACHC Web Pages

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