The LGBT community is diverse. What binds them together as
social and gender minorities are common experiences of stigma and
discrimination, the struggle of living at the intersection of many
cultural backgrounds. As a result, LGBT
people face a common set of challenges in accessing culturally competent
health services and achieving the highest possible level of health.
When Health Care Isn't Caring: Lambda Legal's Survey of
Discrimination Against LGBT People and People with HIV examines refusal
of care and barriers to health care among LGBT and HIV communities on a
Download the survey
GLMA Webinar: Quality Health Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &
Transgender People: A series of YouTube webinars on understanding the
health needs of LGBT patients.
View the YouTube webinars
The Fenway Institute
Affirmative Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People:
Best Practices for Front-line Health Care Staff: Tips and strategies for
staff in health care environments to improve communication and create a
more affirming environment for transgender patients.
Download the tips and strategies document
A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children
Helps practitioners implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their LGBT children.
Download the Practitioner's Resource Guide
Improving the Healthcare of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People
Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities: Outlines LGBT
health disparities and how providers and improve their care for LGBT
Download the guide
Engaging with men who have sex with men in the Clinical Setting
Serves as a primer on information related to men who have sex with
men (MSM) for physicians, nurses, and other health care providers
delivering HIV and primary care services in diverse clinical settings.
Download the primer
Kaiser Permanente's Provider's Handbook on Culturally Competent Care
LGBT Population: Provides an overview of the cultural and
epidemiological differences that characterize LGBT populations and
recommendations to improve care for LGBT people.
Download the handbook
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults- A Practical Guide for
Creating Welcoming Agencies: Helps service providers to understand the
unique barriers that LGBT older adults face, as well as the many ways to
improve and expand the continuum of care and services available.
Download the guide
American Medical Association – LGBT Resources
Provides numerous resources to assist providers in LGBT patient care.
View the AMA resources
Creating Equal Access to Quality Healthcare for Transgender Patients
Outline of transgender-affirming health care policies that ensure quality care for transgender patients.
Download the policies
Healthy People 2020: LGBT
Provides information on how to improve the health, safety, and
well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
Learn more on the Healthy People website
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: LGBT
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended actions to
improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
View the recommended actions on the Health and Human Services website