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. 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 identity issues
    • Implement practices to collect data about patient sexual orientation and gender identity 


LGBT Resources

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