Primary Care for the LGBTQIA+ Community
|Approximately 4.5% of the US population identifies as LGBTQIA+. Young people are more likely than older individuals to identify as gender or sexual minorities.As a minority group, LGBTQIA+ people experience chronic stress from stigma, bias, discrimination, and physical or verbal attacks. The associated health outcomes often include:
|Creating An Inclusive Health Care Environment|
|LGBTQIA+ Glossary of Terms
Becoming familiar with terms used by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other sexual and gender minorities (LGBTQIA+) can help you provide patients with the highest quality care.
For additional terms and definitions, see the Fenway Institute’s LGBTQIA+ glossary of terms for health care teams.
These videos from the Fenway Institute demonstrate best practices in sexual orientation and gender identity data collection. They address common questions and issues that arise for frontline and clinical staff when asking patients about their sexual orientation and gender identity.
These posters from the Fenway Institute can be displayed to let patients know that your health center is a welcoming, inclusive environment of care. Your organization’s logo can be added to the poster.
To learn more about creating inclusive health care environments for LGBTQIA people, see the Fenway Institute’s 10 Strategies for Creating Inclusive Health Care Environments.
|Treating LGBTQIA+ Health Across the Lifespan|