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    Why LGBTQ Health Disparities Matter

    What are the health inequities? What are the barriers to care?

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    Education & Resources

    Find Online CEU’s, training videos, and best practices.

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    Policy Recommendations

    Make organizational policies that improve health and access for LGBTQ people.

Why LGBTQ+ Health Disparities Matter

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender*, queer (LGBTQ+) people experience greater health disparities than the general population. Many LGBTQ+ folks are distrustful of healthcare providers due to past discrimination, and do not seek preventive healthcare. When they do seek medical care, they often do not disclose their sexuality or gender completely. LGBTQ+ people need health care that respects their gender and sexuality. There are several simple, easy policies your clinic or organization can do to improve care for LGBTQ+ patients.

“To Treat Me, You Have to Know Who I am”

Courses & Resources

“Supporting Healthcare Providers in Serving Transgender Clients: Acknowledging Gender and Sex” (15 minutes)

This training is from the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, take this online course to help clinic staff and providers create a welcoming environment for transgender people. This training is great for all members of the clinic from the receptionists to the physicians.

“I Am Me: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Identity” (41min)

“I am Me” is an educational training video that explores the challenges our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) young people face and how adults can be supportive allies. The video begins with the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and then explores the challenges that LGBTQ+ youth face through personal stories from young people and adult advocates. The video ends with youth sharing how they need to be supported and a checklist on how to participate in acts of allyship for LGBTQ+ youth. More resources for training found here: http://www.nmcoe.org/coevideos.html

This training is great for any adult who works with LGBTQ youth.

6:30 Differences between gender identity, gender expression, and seuxal orientation
7:07 Terms, definitions, and guidelines for changing terms
8:50 Gender Identity
12:12 Intersections of identity
19:00 School Pushout
22: LGBTQ+ and Homelessness
23:30 Suicide
24:30 Microaggressions, and Intent vs. Impact
27:00 Advice for Allies: Listen
30:00 How language can open possibility
33:00 Why it’s important that the whole organization be trained in LGBTQ+ needs
36:00 Ally is a verb not a noun. Ways to be an Ally.


Health Experiences Amoung Gender and Sexual Minories CE credits FREE (35 min)

This is a 30 minute presentation with a short test at the end. Slides and links are available on their site. This course earns you Continuing Education Credits.

Health Experiences Among Gender and Sexual Minorities from Suwannee River AHEC on Vimeo.


Treating Nicotine Dependance in NM (45 min)

This training is on the brief tobacco intervention for healthcare providers. LGBTQ+ folks smoke at twice the rate of the general populations, and are therefore at greater risk of diseases caused by tobacco. Early intervention can help individuals avoid the harmful effects of nicotine dependence. See our page Thinking of Quitting Tobacco? for more resources.

Healthcare Provider Resources

LGBT Healthlink does fabulous work around LGBTQ health disparities, tobacco prevention, and outreach about LGBTQ health. You can find free posters on their website.
American Pyschological Association
Genderbread Person

Organizational Policy Recommendations

1. Two-part sex and gender question on intake forms.

One easy and effective way to help your transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) clients feel safe in your clinic is to ask a two-part sex and gender question. New online course helps clinic staff and providers create a welcoming environment for transgender people. It only takes 15 minutes to complete this interactive training.

2. Vocabulary

Learn the latest words your clients may use to describe their genders and sexuality. This another easy and free way to help your LGBTQ+ clients feel safe and affirmed in your facility. Remember that each individual is the expert in their own gender and sexuality. Defer to the words and pronouns they use to describe themselves and their bodies. The list linked here is updated by an online LGBTQ+ community. These words are evolving as we are.

3. Make single-stall bathrooms gender neutral.

4. Create a physical environment welcoming to gender and sexuality minorities.

5. Include education on gender and sexuality diversity and health disparities in all new employee training.

6. Require all LGBTQ+ education for all staff.