Healthcare and the LGBTQIA+ Community

General Information



"People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the United States. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities.

In addition to considering the needs of LGBT people in programs designed to improve the health of entire communities, there is also a need for culturally competent medical care and prevention services that are specific to this population. Social inequality is often associated with poorer health status, and sexual orientation has been associated with multiple health threats. Members of the LGBT community are at increased risk for a number of health threats when compared to their heterosexual peers [1-5]. Differences in sexual behavior account for some of these disparities, but others are associated with social and structural inequities, such as the stigma and discrimination that LGBT populations experience.

These pages provide information and resources on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities. Links to other information sources and resources are also provided. Some of this information is designed for members of the general public. Other information has been developed for health care providers, public health professionals, and public health students."

-- the above information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health page.




Journal of LGBT Youth. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.- "The Journal of LGBT Youth is the interdisciplinary forum dedicated to improving the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. This quarterly journal presents peer-reviewed scholarly articles, practitioner-based essays, policy analyses, and revealing narratives from young people. This invaluable resource is committed to advancing knowledge about, and support of, LGBT youth. The wide-ranging topics include formal and non-formal education; family; peer culture; the media, arts, and entertainment industry; religious institutions and youth organizations; health care; and the workplace."

LGBT Health- "the premier peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting optimal healthcare for all sexual and gender minority persons worldwide. The Journal focuses specifically on health while maintaining sufficient breadth to address policy, legislative, and education and training issues relevant to the provision of healthcare and health outcomes. This Journal aims to advance understanding of the health needs particular to each sexual and gender minority population and to improve delivery of and access to culturally competent healthcare."




Fenway Health. Pride in Our Health- "LGBTQIA+ folks: Are you taking pride in your health? Not sure how to start? Join Fenway Health as we explore a different LGBTQIA+ health topic each episode. We'll discuss the latest care options, learn about lifesaving medical breakthroughs, and gather expert advice on how to be a happier, healthier you."

O' Shaugnessy, Daniel. Naked Nutrition: The LGBTQ+ Healthcare Podcast- "An inclusive podcast for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. There are discussions with many experts about various health topics impacting LGBTQ+ individuals. The aim is to give the listener practical and essential advice to improve their health well-being."

Berger, Kerin. Queer Meducation - "Improving the quality of healthcare for LGBTQI+GNC People."


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