These links include national organizations dedicated to LGBT health, and resource pages on LGBT health from federally supported health organizations such as MedlinePlus and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, this MedlinePlus page offers information on health concerns of LGBT people, including overviews and news, clinical trials and research articles, and health information for specific populations.
LGBTQ people have some unique health needs and concerns. Unfortunately, many health care providers don’t fully understand these issues, so it’s important to take charge of your health by asking your healthcare provider about the health matters that may apply to you.
A guide to providing welcoming, safe, and inclusive healthcare environments for LGBT patients and their families, with a compilation of strategies, practice examples, resources, and testimonials. Published by the Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States.
Created by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) to encourage a welcoming clinical environment, these treatment guidelines discuss intake forms and patient-provider discussions, confidentiality, issues affecting LGBT health, and staff sensitivity and training.
These learning modules for health professionals offer Powerpoint presentations and handouts on areas of health concern including LGBT terminology, demographics, and welcoming environments; inclusive patient history taking and risk reduction counseling; health promotion and disease prevention; and separate modules on LGBT health care for youth, families, seniors, and transgender people.
Offers information and resources on health issues and inequities, with separate pages for gay and bisexual men, lesbian and bisexual women, transgender people, LGBT youth, and LGBT health services clinic information.
HHS works to ensure that LGBT Americans, families, and communities receive equal access to health services by providing enhanced resources for LGBT health issues; developing better information regarding LGBT health needs; and working to close the LGBT health disparities gap that currently exists.
The largest association of LGBT health professionals, GLMA supports research and advocacy, and provides consumer health information, including help with finding LGBT-friendly healthcare providers. GLMA initiatives include the Lesbian Health Fund, which funds research on a wide range of health issues, and (with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation) the Healthcare Equality Index, which evaluates healthcare facilities for equal and respectful treatment of LGBT patients and employees.
The Bisexual Resource Center was founded in 1985 by a group of bi activists after a regional conference. First named the East Coast Bisexual Network, it became a 501(c)3 in 1989 and was renamed in the mid-90s. The BRC is the oldest national bi+ organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities.
The Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) coordinates sexual and gender minority (SGM)–related research and activities by working directly with the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. The Office was officially established in September 2015 within the NIH Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI).
This national coalition for research, policy, programs and services has partnered with other organizations and federal and state agencies on a wide range of LGBT health issues such as hospital visitation rights and inclusion in federal health initiatives. The Resources page includes useful position papers and information resources on areas such as health disparities, data collection, and the Affordable Care Act.
Fenway Health, a major health provider in the Boston area, houses the Fenway Institute, which undertakes LGBT health research, health education, and public advocacy. The website is an excellent resource on LGBT health information for health professionals. A recent grant to the Fenway Institute from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration will fund the creation of a national training and technical assistance center for LGBT health issues.
The LBGT PA Caucus provides education, advocacy, and professional networking. Efforts we believe are essential to Healthcare Equality for LGBT patients, and achieving our full potentials as LGBT people.
UCSF’s Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (Trans CoE) formed in 2009 and has a mission to increase access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming health care services for trans and gender diverse communities. The Trans CoE’s goal is to improve the overall health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse individuals by developing and implementing programs in response to community-identified needs. The Trans CoE actively engages a national advisory board of transgender leaders from throughout the country.
As an international interdisciplinary, professional organization, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) will work to further the understanding and treatment of gender dysphoria by professionals in medicine, psychology, law, social work, counseling, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, and other related fields.