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Resources and Suggested Readings

 

Suggested Resources and Readings

Below you will find suggestions for accessing further information on LGBT health and health care delivery. Select a topic from the table of the contents below to look through related resources. Contact us if you want to recommend a resource to add to this list.

Introduction to LGBT Health

LGBT Health Websites

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

This website, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers an overview of LGBT health issues, and displays national health reports, journal articles on health disparities, data and statistics, news stories, and resource lists for LGBT individuals.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

GLMA offers information on LGBT health, resources for patients, providers, and students, and provides news on advances in health care for the LGBT population.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

The HRC is one of the largest LGBT political organizations in the United States. Visit its website for information on health and aging, and resources for transgender people and parents of LGBT individuals.

National Coalition for LGBT Health

The National Coalition for LGBT Health’s website features publications, webinars, data and statistics, and an LGBT Health Training and Certificate Program.

National LGBTQ Task Force

A collection of news, fact sheets, infographics, reports, and studies related to LGBT population health.

The Williams Institute

The online home for an institute responsible for research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.

The Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health

Specializing in services for LGBT people with cancer, the Mautner Project website includes law and policy information as well as research related to LGBT population health.

National LGBT Health Initiatives

Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records

Written by the Institute of Medicine in October 2012, this document summarizes a workshop on implementing methods to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records.

Healthy People 2020: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

Healthy People 2020 is a government-funded initiative based on a 10-year agenda with the goal of improving the nation’s health in measurable ways. This web page offers an overview of health concerns facing the LGBT population.

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

Written by the Institute of Medicine and based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, this 2011 report emphasizes the importance of collecting data on the demographics of LGBT populations, improving methods for collecting this data, and increasing the participation of LGBT individuals in research.

LGBT Health and Well-being

Published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this 2012 report outlines the LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee’s objectives for 2011 and 2012.

Health & Well-being for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans

The HHS’s online center for information on LGBT health, including HHS reports, information on access to health care, and resources organized for specific communities within the LGBT population (including LGBT youth, people living with HIV, refugees, women, and older adults).

Online Curricula and Training

Webinars & Video Training

The National LGBT Health Education Center’s collection of webinars and video training on topics including transgender health, LGBT youth, LGBT older adults, LGBT people of color, LGBT families, HIV/STI treatment and prevention, behavioral health, collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data, cancer and LGBT people, organizational change, and other issues in primary care. These webinars include downloadable content and include free CME/CEU credit.

Learning Modules

Featuring interactive presentations, slideshows, and evaluation surveys, the National LGBT Health Education Center’s learning modules offer information and instruction on health equity, transgender health, LGBT youth, LGBT older adults, and HIV screening, treatment, and prevention.

LGBT Mental Health Syllabus

This website, created by the LGBT Issues Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, offers a series of modules around working with LGBT patients in a psychiatric setting. The modules include links, resource lists, and references for further exploration.

LGBT Local Projects in a Box

Offered through the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), this website provides a series of pre-packaged event/training materials on LGBT health for faculty physicians and medical students to bring to medical schools. These projects-in-a-box include instructions, power point presentations, video clip suggestions, and handouts. Topics include Queer People of Color, Transgender Health, and Heterosexual Allies.

Reexamining LGBT Healthcare

Information on LGBT cultural competence training available to interested organizations, universities, and healthcare facilities, and provided by the National LGBT Cancer Network.

The Safe Zone Project

A series of trainings related to gender, sexuality, and issues relevant to the LGBT community. Trained organizations receive Safe Zone stickers that can be displayed around the building to communicate their commitment to creating an LGBT-inclusive environment.

Textbooks and Briefs

Improving the Health Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities

This 2012 publication put out by The Fenway Institute includes basic information about the LGBT population, LGBT health disparities, and how to incorporate LGBT health care into medical centers, hospitals, and community health centers.

Why Gather Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Settings

A 2012 publication in The Fenway Institute’s Policy Focus series, offering an argument for the importance of sexual orientation and gender identity data collection.

The Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health

A 2008 American College of Physicians Textbook, edited by Harvey Makadon, MD, Jennifer Potter, MD, Kenneth Mayer, MD, and Hilary Goldhammer, MS of the Fenway Institute. The textbook explores such topics as taking an LGBT-inclusive health history, behavioral health concerns, and development of gender identity in children and adolescents.

The Health of Sexual Minorities: Public Health Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations

A 2007 textbook centered around a wide variety of LGBT health concerns, including developmental issues across the lifetime, human rights and ethical issues, global perspectives of LGBT health, physical and mental health issues, issues and concerns of racial/ethnic minority groups, health concerns of lesbian and bisexual women, prejudice and homophobia as social stressors, a review of research methodology, substance use issues, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on LGBT communities.

Referral Directories

CenterLink LGBT Community Center Member Directory

A database containing information about LGBT Community Centers and their member affiliates, both in the United States and around the world.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA): Find a Provider

GLMA’s online Provider Directory, allowing users to search for primary care providers, specialists, therapists, dentists, and other providers by type and location.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH): Find a Provider

WPATH’s online Provider Directory for transgender affirming providers, allowing users to search by first and/or last name, specialty, and location.

 

Taking A Sexual History

A Guide to Taking a Sexual History

Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this online PDF guide offers tips for creating dialogue around sexual health issues, including a sexual history. The goal of the guide is to help providers determine STD risk among patients, and to determine how best to perform testing.

Patient Sexual Health History: What You Need to Know to Help

On online video published by the American Medical Association (AMA), intended to help physicians take a more thorough sexual history and respond to patients’ needs accordingly. The video emphasizes the pressing need for open and respectful communication between doctors and patients around sexuality.

HIV Risk Assessment & HIV Risk Reduction

Published by the Mountain Plains AIDS Education and Training Center as part of their HIV Provider Reference Series, this online PDF quick reference guide highlights strategies for HIV risk assessment, risk reduction, and HIV prevention, including sample questions to ask patients around sexual history, and general tips for dialogue, as well as resulting action.

The Proactive Sexual Health History

A 2002 article promoting the collection of patients’ sexual history by clinicians, arguing that such practices could decrease high-risk sexual behaviors among patients.

Discrimination in Health Care

2014 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Report

An annual report produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, summarizing the state of health care in the United States as a whole, as well as the disparities faced by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in 2014.

When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey on Discrimination Against LGBT People and People Living with HIV

The first survey created to measure disparities in health care experienced by the LGBT population in the United States. The report includes findings and recommendations for providers to improve fairness in health care.

Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

A report based off of the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Includes a full report, as well as shorter summaries focused on states, regions, and race/ethnicity.

LGBT Health Professional Associations

American Medical Association LGBT Advisory Committee

The AMA’s committee is comprised of seven members, including residents, fellows, and medical students, who hold annual meetings around LGBT health care concerns, LGBT curriculum implementation in medical schools, and the experiences of LGBT medical professionals.

American Medical Student Association Gender and Sexuality Action Committee

The AMSA’s committee works toward improvements in curriculum, education for providers, and a comprehensive resource library related to gender and sexuality in health care.

American Psychological Association Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office (LGBTCO)

The APA’s LGBTC office aims to increase knowledge in the field of psychology on gender identity and sexual orientation, in order to directly benefit the LGBT community on an individual level.

American Public Health Association: The LGBT Caucus of Public Health Workers

A group founded with the goal of increasing an emphasis on LGBT issues within the APHA and the field of public health as a whole.

The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists

AGLP is a group of psychiatrists dedicated to increasing awareness of LGBT mental health issues and improving resources to promote mental health in safe and welcoming environments.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies: Study of GLBT Issues

This Yahoo Group, comprised of over 150 members, provides support for and space for dialogue among clinicians interested in working to improve the mental health of LGBT individuals, through an increased focus on research and training.

American Counseling Association: Association For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling

ALGBTIC aims to increase awareness of LGBT identities and mental health concerns within the counseling field in order to improve care for vulnerable individuals, and to break down barriers faced by LGBT counselors and those in related professions.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

GLMA works toward LGBT healthcare equality, both for patients and for those working in healthcare who identify as LGBT. Members are professionals working toward improved policy and education through advocacy efforts.

National Association of Social Workers: National Committee on LGBT Issues

The Committee is responsible for developing and reviewing programs of the NASW that directly impact members of the LGBT community, with the goal of ultimately eliminating homophobic and transphobic practices within social work.

Hotlines

LGBT Helpline (Ages 25+)

(888) 340-4528 or (617) 267-9001

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Fenway Health’s anonymous and confidential hotline, offering help, information, referrals, and support for LGBT individuals who are age 25 or older. Call for support related to safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence, or any other issues you are facing.

Peer Listening Line (Ages 25 and Under)

(800) 399-PEER or (617) 267-2535

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Fenway Health’s anonymous and confidential hotline, offering help, information, referrals, and support for LGBT individuals who are age 25 or under. Call for support related to safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence, or any other issues you are facing.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline 

1-888-843-4564; Email: help@GLBThotline.org

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Helps Center’s private hotline for one-on-one chat and email peer-support. Call for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

GLBT National Youth Talkline (25 and Under)

1-800-246-PRIDE

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Help Center’s private hotline for one-on-one chat and email peer-support, servicing those up to age 25. Call for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

Online Peer-Support Chat

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Help Center’s confidential, one-on-one online chat support for LGBT and questioning people. Reach out for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

Trans Lifeline

(877) 565-8860

Visit the Trans Lifeline website for hours of availability.

A hotline run by Trans Lifeline, a non-profited centered around offering resources and support to transgender people, with the goal of preventing self harm. The line is intended for those in crisis, including those who are questioning their gender identity, and is run entirely by transgender volunteers.

Trevor Lifeline (Youth)

(866) 488-7386

Hours: 24/7

The Trevor Project’s hotline for LGBT young people who may be in crisis, or who may just need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. The Trevor Project also offers TrevorText (Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200, Thursdays & Fridays, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET; 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PT) and TrevorChat.


Transgender Health

Transgender Health Resources

TransLine: Transgender Medical Consultation Service

A free, online transgender medical consultation service, published by Lyon-Martin Health Services, offering answers to medical providers within two business days on questions related to gender-affirming surgery, hormone therapy, and improving services to transgender patients.

Medicare Benefits and Transgender People

An overview of Medicare and what it covers for transgender people, including an explanation of coverage for routine preventive care, hormone therapy, and gender affirmation surgery. The publication also covers how to change gender markers on Medicare cards, and what steps to take if Medicare does not cover a procedure.

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

A program of University of California, San Francisco, offering an online learning center and information on providing routine care, HIV prevention, cultural competency, mental health, and policy for transgender individuals.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health

WPATH promotes transgender health through increasing education and research on a national level. WPATH emphasizes a need for a stronger international understanding of gender dysphoria and its treatment.

Fenway Health: Transgender Health

Fenway Health’s Transgender Health department provides medical care, mental health care, and supportive services sensitive to the needs of people on the trans spectrum. This program offers transgender-focused groups, research, the Trans Masculine Sexual Health Collaborative, and more resources.

Transgender Health Information Program

Run by the Provincial Health Services Authority, the THIP aims to increase access to gender affirming healthcare in British Columbia until it is available to all transgender individuals living there. THIP’s website provides health and wellness information, resources to connect with peers, and education for providers, family members, friends, and loved ones around supporting transgender people in their lives.

National Center for Transgender Equality

NCTE offers a comprehensive introduction to transgender issues, including basic terminology, stories of transgender people, statistics, steps to take as a trans ally, and FAQs regarding the treatment of transgender people in the United States. The organization also offers opportunities to get involved with fighting anti-trans legislation.

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (includes national resources)

MTPC aims to end discrimination and oppression against transgender people, by impacting law and policy in Massachusetts and bringing visibility around transgender issues to the larger population. The MTPC website offers information and resources on a wide variety of transgender-related political issues in Massachusetts.

I Am: Trans People Speak

A collection of short videos featuring transgender individuals and their allies, sharing lived experiences with the goal of empowering themselves and their communities. The website also features Trans 101.

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

Author Nick Teich’s book, written primarily for social workers and other professionals who are curious about transgender issues and the discrimination faced by transgender people in the United States. The book features basic information around gender identity, and explores social relationships, diagnoses, and transition, among other topics. Teich also offers trainings and consulting.

Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not

Written by transgender woman Joanne Herman, this 2009 book offers in straightforward and accessible language a basic introduction to transgender concepts and issues.

Of What Am I Afraid?

A bisexual teacher of behavioral medicine explores her inability to understand the unique struggles and joys faced by transgender individuals.

Transgender Law Center

Based out of Oakland, CA, The Transgender Law Center aims to incite legal change in order to better the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Featured resources of note include Organizing for Transgender Health Care and 10 Tips for Working with Transgender Patients.

Referral Directories

CenterLink LGBT Community Center Member Directory

A database containing information about LGBT Community Centers and their member affiliates, both in the United States and around the world.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA): Find a Provider

GLMA’s online Provider Directory, allowing users to search for primary care providers, specialists, therapists, dentists, and other providers by type and location.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH): Find a Provider

WPATH’s online Provider Directory for transgender affirming providers, allowing users to search by first and/or last name, specialty, and location.

 

Hotlines

LGBT Helpline (Ages 25+)

(888) 340-4528 or (617) 267-9001

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Fenway Health’s anonymous and confidential hotline, offering help, information, referrals, and support for LGBT individuals who are age 25 or older. Call for support related to safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence, or any other issues you are facing.

Peer Listening Line (Ages 25 and Under)

(800) 399-PEER or (617) 267-2535

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Fenway Health’s anonymous and confidential hotline, offering help, information, referrals, and support for LGBT individuals who are age 25 or under. Call for support related to safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence, or any other issues you are facing.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline 

1-888-843-4564; Email: help@GLBThotline.org

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Helps Center’s private hotline for one-on-one chat and email peer-support. Call for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

GLBT National Youth Talkline (25 and Under)

1-800-246-PRIDE

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Help Center’s private hotline for one-on-one chat and email peer-support, servicing those up to age 25. Call for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

Online Peer-Support Chat

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Help Center’s confidential, one-on-one online chat support for LGBT and questioning people. Reach out for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

Trans Lifeline

(877) 565-8860

Visit the Trans Lifeline website for hours of availability.

A hotline run by Trans Lifeline, a non-profited centered around offering resources and support to transgender people, with the goal of preventing self harm. The line is intended for those in crisis, including those who are questioning their gender identity, and is run entirely by transgender volunteers.

Trevor Lifeline (Youth)

(866) 488-7386

Hours: 24/7

The Trevor Project’s hotline for LGBT young people who may be in crisis, or who may just need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. The Trevor Project also offers TrevorText (Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200, Thursdays & Fridays, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET; 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PT) and TrevorChat.


LGBT Youth

LGBTQ Youth Resources

The Trevor Project

Created with the goal of preventing LGBT youth suicide, The Trevor Project offers immediate, 24/7 support for LGBT youth in crisis (see Hotlines), as well as trainings for youth workers, a comprehensive list of local resources (including resources on LGBT youth health care), and an active blog and event page.

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

GLSEN, founded by a group of teachers in Massachusetts aims to ensure that every individual in a school environment is valued and respected through initiatives aimed at teachers, students, and the larger population. GLSEN’s website features research, resources for professional development and to for educators to share with students, an educator network, and programs to get involved with as a teacher or student.

Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network

The GSA Network (formerly known as the Gay-Straight Alliance Network) supports students across the country interested in forming and sustaining GSAs in their own schools, clubs intended to end racism, homophobia, transphobia, and economic injustice within their school environments through activism and organizing. Website offers training for interested students, information for club advisors, and a GSA directory.

Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)

SMYAL works to better the lives of LGBT youth in the Washington, DC area by supporting leaders and members of local GSAs, offering programs and discussion groups centered around various identities and communities, and hosting community educational opportunities that train both students and youth workers on making their environment a safer one for LGBT youth.

It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project is a collection of videos produced and sponsored by various celebrities, authors, organizations, and companies, intended to remind LGBT youth that it gets better, and to inspire the changes needed to improve LGBT lives. The website also features a resource list.

Advocates For Youth

Promoting their core values of Rights, Respect, and Responsibility, Advocates for Youth aims to empower young people to make informed decisions about reproductive and sexual health, focusing on ages 14-25. Their website features research, background information on the issues, training and information for professionals, news, and access to related policy and advocacy work.

True Colors Fund

The True Colors fund aims to end homelessness among LGBT youth, operating through community organizing, public engagement, public policy, research, and youth collaboration. The program’s primary initiative is the 40 to None project, which hosts 40 to None Day and the annual 40 to None Summit.

Providing Services and Supports for Youth who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, or Two-Spirit

Offered by the National Center for Cultural Competence, this brief informs policymakers, administrators, and providers on how to approach matters related to LGBT youth. The publication outlines needs, definitions, and recommendations and strategies for developing programs, and includes a resource list.

LGBT Youth in America’s Schools

Written by LGBT public policy advocacy experts Jason Cianciotto and Sean Cahill, LGBT Youth in America’s Schools highlights the stories of LGBT youth who have faced discrimination at school, and offers a review of existing school practices and local, state, and federal laws that impact this vulnerable population.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness

An extensive document put out by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute’s National Coalition for the Homeless on the significant number of LGBT youth who are homeless. The publication explores why this phenomenon is taking place, the impact of homelessness on LGBT youth, the federal response, and recommendations for policies and programs to change this dangerous trend.

Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit for Shelters and Service Providers

Written by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), this toolkit assists homeless youth works in identifying homeless youth, supporting youth on their path to college, and in accessing basic services. The toolkit also includes training resources.

Camp Aranu’tiq for Transgender & Gender-variant Youth

A program of Harbor Camps, Camp Aranu’tiq is a space for transgender and gender-variant youth who may be uncomfortable or unsafe attending other camps, and who wish to gather with others who are exploring and growing into their own gender identities. The camp offers summer sessions in New Hampshire and California, as well as leadership programs and weekend family camps.

This Free Life: LGBT Youth Tobacco Prevention Campaign

The “This Free Life” campaign celebrates the victories of the LGBT community—particularly those pertinent to LGBT youth—in order to emphasize the negative impact of tobacco on the community through publications, posters, and other forms of advertisement.

Hotlines

LGBT Helpline (Ages 25+)

(888) 340-4528 or (617) 267-9001

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Fenway Health’s anonymous and confidential hotline, offering help, information, referrals, and support for LGBT individuals who are age 25 or older. Call for support related to safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence, or any other issues you are facing.

Peer Listening Line (Ages 25 and Under)

(800) 399-PEER or (617) 267-2535

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Fenway Health’s anonymous and confidential hotline, offering help, information, referrals, and support for LGBT individuals who are age 25 or under. Call for support related to safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence, or any other issues you are facing.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline 

1-888-843-4564; Email: help@GLBThotline.org

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Helps Center’s private hotline for one-on-one chat and email peer-support. Call for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

GLBT National Youth Talkline (25 and Under)

1-800-246-PRIDE

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Help Center’s private hotline for one-on-one chat and email peer-support, servicing those up to age 25. Call for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

Online Peer-Support Chat

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Help Center’s confidential, one-on-one online chat support for LGBT and questioning people. Reach out for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

Trans Lifeline

(877) 565-8860

Visit the Trans Lifeline website for hours of availability.

A hotline run by Trans Lifeline, a non-profited centered around offering resources and support to transgender people, with the goal of preventing self harm. The line is intended for those in crisis, including those who are questioning their gender identity, and is run entirely by transgender volunteers.

Trevor Lifeline (Youth)

(866) 488-7386

Hours: 24/7

The Trevor Project’s hotline for LGBT young people who may be in crisis, or who may just need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. The Trevor Project also offers TrevorText (Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200, Thursdays & Fridays, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET; 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PT) and TrevorChat.


LGBT Older Adults

LGBT Older Adult Resources

Services and Advocacy For GLBT Elders (SAGE)

SAGE offers resources, trainings, and news and events related to the betterment of LGBT older adults, a vibrant and often dangerously overlooked community. The organization aims to prepare both aging providers and LGBT organizations with the knowledge needed to support someone with these intersecting identities, and offers consumer resources to empower LGBT older adults to advocate for themselves. SAGE hosts the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, which is the country’s only technical resource center on this topic.

Improving The Lives of LGBT Older Adults

A report co-authored by the LGBT Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE), offering an overview of challenges facing LGBT elders, and an in-depth exploration of pertinent financial, health, and social matters for this population. The publication also offers recommendations for change on multiple levels.

Outing Age 2010: Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders

An extensive publication written by Jaime M. Grant of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, addressing such issues among the LGBT older adult population as financial and family security, health, caregiving, social isolation, housing, civic engagement, and elders in the workplace.

SAGE Annual Report 2015

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders’ annual report on the impact of their programs and the state of support for LGBT older people in 2015. Includes a financial summary for the fiscal year, and anticipated steps moving forward for the organization.


LGBT People of Color

LGBT People of Color

Greater Risk for HIV Infection of Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Critical Literature Review

A literature review exploring 12 hypotheses to explain the disproportionate impact of HIV infection on the Black MSM community, including a higher prevalence of other STDs, delayed diagnosis of HIV, and more.

Hermanos de Luna y Sol: Addressing Stigma and Promoting Community Involvement in Latino Gay Men

An HIV risk-reduction intervention program targeted at Spanish-speaking MSM. The program emphasizes the impact of community building and cultural pride on increasing safe sexual behavior, and programming is based around peer support.

Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC)

A Boston-based non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBT individuals in the area, with the intention of making people with intersectional identities feel welcome and safe in their racial and ethnic communities as well as in the Boston LGBT community as a whole. This website includes information on HBGC’s programs (which are targeted toward LGBT youth of color, women, those affected by domestic violence or partner abuse, and those looking to become mentors) as well as support groups, services, and pathways to get involved.

Missed Opportunities: How Organized Philanthropy Can Help Meet the Needs of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander Communities

Written by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), this publication outlines key issues facing LGBT AAPI communities, explores the unique structure of LGBT AAPI communities, and offers recommendations for philanthropic investment in these communities based on a current lack of philanthropic support.

NorthEast Two-Spirit Society

A website meant to organize LGBT and two-spirit American Indians of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The organization aims to educate the larger LGBT community about two-spirit history and tradition, and to expand the community by connecting with other organizations. The NE2SS website features profiles of significant figures, history, links to outside resources, and a list of NE2SS events.

Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA)

Founded with the goal of eliminating racism in the Boston-area LGBT community, QAPA’s website lists events and calls for volunteers for activist efforts around queer Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Race and Sexual Identity: Perceptions about Medical Culture and Healthcare among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men

An article exploring the various factors related to high impact of HIV on Black men who have sex with men in New York State and Atlanta, GA. The authors highlight racial and sexual discrimination that are present not only in larger society but also in the medical world, emphasizing a need for more providers of color and improved communication within the health care system.

SOMOS: Evaluation of an HIV Prevention Intervention for Latino Gay Men

An article exploring potential interventions for Latino gay men who face high infection rates of HIV, emphasizing the positive impact of social interventions based around social support resources and group identification.

The Black Gay Research Group (BGRG)

BGRG, a group of Black gay men dedicated to reviewing and producing scholarly writing on Black gay men, hosts this website, which features information on the organization, opportunities to donate and volunteer, and information about the group’s Black Gay Research Summits, Black Gay Research Think Tank, and National Black Gay Research Agenda.

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

A civil rights organization dedicated to ending racism and homophobia. NBJC’s website highlights issues such as health and wellness, HIV/AIDS, discrimination in employment, family recognition, transgender equality, safe and inclusive schools, and HBCUs. The website also hosts a blog and resource list.

The Red Circle Project (RCP)

The RCP provides support and services to Native Gay/Two Spirit men and Native male-to-female transgender individuals. The website features research, resources, and basic Two Spirit terminology.

Discrimination in Health Care

2014 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Report

An annual report produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, summarizing the state of health care in the United States as a whole, as well as the disparities faced by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in 2014.

When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey on Discrimination Against LGBT People and People Living with HIV

The first survey created to measure disparities in health care experienced by the LGBT population in the United States. The report includes findings and recommendations for providers to improve fairness in health care.

Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

A report based off of the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Includes a full report, as well as shorter summaries focused on states, regions, and race/ethnicity.


LGBT Families

Family & Parenting Resources

LGBT Family & Parenting Services (Fenway Health)

Fenway Health’s program, offering medical alternatives for achieving conception, as well as a support network, education, and advocacy. Fenway’s website offers information on educational presentations where parents can network, as well as adoption resources, legal referrals, surrogacy resources, and other information for prospective LGBT parents and children of LGBT parents.

Lesbian & Gay Parenting

A report published by the American Psychological Association (APA), targeted toward clinicians, researchers, students, lawyers, and parents who impact legal and policy changes related to lesbian and gay parenting. The report includes a summary of research and additional resources on lesbian and gay parenting.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

PFLAG is made up of LGBT individuals and their family members and friends who identify as allies. The organization aims to end discrimination against LGBT people through advocacy and activist efforts, fueled by this support. The organization’s website hosts information about the many chapters of PFLAG across the country, and also offers news, a list of PFLAG events, and resources for finding support.

Family Equality Council

An organization supporting families with LGBT parents. Family Equality Council’s website includes information about events and meet-ups where families with LGBT parents can connect, as well as news, the history of the group’s impact, and their blog, The Family Room.

Family Acceptance Project

A research-based initiative working to end discrimination against LGBT youth in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. Their website features this research, as well as publications, trainings, and family videos intended to increase awareness, acceptance, and allyship among families and community members.

Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum offers information and resources to help families, schools, professionals and organizations better understand gender identity and expression, and to better advocate for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Their website also features information on current issues around gender identity, as well as information on how to connect with other adults who are working to become advocates for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in their environments.

Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children

This 2009 practice brief by Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D., A.C.S.W. is targeted toward families, caretakers, advocates, and providers, and offers basic information around issues faced by LGBT youth, research around the impact of families on the health of LGBT youth, and some information on how to become an advocate for the LGBT youth in their lives.


HIV/STI Treatment and Prevention

HIV/STD Training and Technical Assistance

AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) National Resource Center

Sponsored by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, this website is the resource center for providers offering care to those living with or affected by HIV. Resources include technical assistance, trainings, webinars, and a resource library.

HealthHIV

HealthHIV offers training, technical assistance, and research to support the improvement of prevention and care methods for people who have HIV, or those at risk of becoming infected. The organization is particularly committed to equity in care. The website also offers a training/certificate program, as well as a list of other affiliated organizations.

Sylvie Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center

Hosted by the MA Department of Public Health, the center offers training to clinicians and laboratorians around diagnosis, treatment, and management. The website features applications for on-site training intensives, as well as online video trainings and outside resources.

The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

This program, hosted by Fenway Health, provides free training and technical assistance to Ryan White-funded AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to help them navigate the changing health care landscape. Resources include web-based training and individualized technical assistance. The website also features an online Resource Library, which will be updated in 2016 to better reflect existing support and information.

Taking A Sexual History

A Guide to Taking a Sexual History

Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this online PDF guide offers tips for creating dialogue around sexual health issues, including a sexual history. The goal of the guide is to help providers determine STD risk among patients, and to determine how best to perform testing.

Patient Sexual Health History: What You Need to Know to Help

On online video published by the American Medical Association (AMA), intended to help physicians take a more thorough sexual history and respond to patients’ needs accordingly. The video emphasizes the pressing need for open and respectful communication between doctors and patients around sexuality.

HIV Risk Assessment & HIV Risk Reduction

Published by the Mountain Plains AIDS Education and Training Center as part of their HIV Provider Reference Series, this online PDF quick reference guide highlights strategies for HIV risk assessment, risk reduction, and HIV prevention, including sample questions to ask patients around sexual history, and general tips for dialogue, as well as resulting action.

The Proactive Sexual Health History

A 2002 article promoting the collection of patients’ sexual history by clinicians, arguing that such practices could decrease high-risk sexual behaviors among patients.

HIV/STD Information

NAM Aidsmap: Resources

The resource library for NAM, an organization committed to sharing information on HIV and AIDS in order to fight against the spread of infection. Resources include basic information, booklets on aspects of living with HIV, apps and online tools, charts offering information on antiretroviral drugs, news, briefing papers on prevention, and more.

AIDSVu Interactive Online Map

This online map allows viewers to explore the prevalence of HIV in various parts of the United States, using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, county and city health departments. Users can filter data by race/ethnicity, sex, and age in order to better understand social determinants of health.

At the Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Cancer : A Qualitative Needs Assessment of Community-Based HIV/AIDS Service Organizations.

A 2013 article urging community-based AIDS service organizations (ASOs) to consider the impact of cancer on aging individuals living with HIV, and to improve care for those who are living with both cancer and HIV.

FDA Approved Use of HPV Vaccine to Prevent Anal Cancer in Men

A 2011 alert for clinicians published by the Fenway Institute, announcing the FDA’s approval of the HPV Vaccine to help prevent anal cancer in young men.

HIV/AIDS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) page for basic information about HIV/AIDS. The website offers news, assessment tools to understand personal risk, a directory to find an HIV testing site nearby, and information on the Act Against AIDS campaign.

HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men

Offers fast facts about the prevalence of HIV among gay and bisexual men, including information about HIV among black gay and bisexual men. This article includes data, challenges for prevention, information on what the CDC is already doing to decrease infection rates in this population, and additional fact sheets and resources.

National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP)

Hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this center works with state and local health departments to promote public health surveillance, prevention research, and programs to diagnose, prevent, and treat cases of HIV in the U.S. The website features the NCHHSTP’s annual report, including strategic plans for upcoming years and priorities, a newsroom, and a communication center.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Men Who Have Sex with Men

This patient handout, published by the Fenway Institute, offers information on various STDs and their transmission, symptoms, treatment, and testing, to men who have sex with men. The handout also offers a brief list of resources.

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

An extensive resource library of HIV/AIDS information, including information on testing, diagnosis, medication, personal stories about living with HIV, HIV within various populations (including African Americans, gay men, Latinos, women, and more), news, research, videos, and slideshows. The site also hosts an “Ask the Experts” feature.

HIV/STD Screening, Testing and Prevention

Bisexual Health: An Introduction and Model Practices for HIV/STI Prevention Programming

Published by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, this report introduces bisexuality, its interaction with other identities (such as race/ethnicity, age, and gender), and its implications on health, and the impact of HIV infection on the bisexual community. The report also offers information on how to offer better HIV prevention and treatment methods for bisexual patients, using the BiHealth program at Fenway Health as a model.

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis

A publication sponsored by the United States Department of Health & Human Services, offering strategies to better prevent and treat viral hepatitis, and to help readers educate providers and communities to reduce health disparities.

Effective Interventions: HIV Prevention That Works

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) page on HIV interventions, offering information on medication adherence, High Impact Prevention (HIP), Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS), and condom distribution. The website hosts an e-Learning Center for providers, and links to other CDC HIV programs.

Hepatitis Risk Assessment Tool

A 5-minute Hepatitis Risk Assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), featuring a number of questions and linking their answers to recommendations and explanations.

HIV Testing in Clinical Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) page on HIV Testing in Clinical Settings, including existing data, a list of resources for healthcare providers, a list of recommendations and guidelines for testing, and helpful fact sheets, journal articles, and guidance on implementation of new testing methods.

HIV Presentations

A series of educational presentations, produced by the National Association of Community Health Centers, meant to train providers on implementing routine HIV screening. Topics include “Routine HIV Screening,” “Care Coordination for HIV+ Patients,” “Comorbidities for Patients Living with HIV,” and more.

National HIV/AIDS Strategy

A page published by the White House, through the Office of National AIDS Policy, on the current national HIV/AIDS strategy. The site offers an overview of the office’s existing priorities, as well as recent activities and next steps.

What Works in Youth HIV

One of the initiatives of the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), intended to help youth-serving providers and organizations better prevent, test for, and treat HIV among their adolescent population. This webpage offers basic information on HIV infection rates among adolescents in the United States, steps providers and organizations can take to lower these numbers within their population, and tactics for getting youth involved in programs themselves to increase HIV awareness in their environment.

Screen, Test, Diagnose &Prevent: A Clinician’s Resource for STDs in Gay Men and Other MSM

A toolkit produced by the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch of the California Department of Public Health. The publication offers information on screening MSM for STDs, creating a welcoming care setting, and providing STD/HIV partner services. It also outlines the public health role of the medical provider, and includes a list of resources.

2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines

Published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this website offers updates to the 2010 guidelines for treating and detecting STDs. The page also links to the 2015 STD Treatment (Tx) Guide app, and includes a pocket guide and wall chart.

The Four Cs of HIV Prevention with African Americans: Crisis, Condoms, Culture, and Community

This 2010 article offers an argument for community-based participatory research as a means of lowering HIV infection rates among African Americans.

The Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC)

MAC is an organization dedicated to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic through mobilizing communities of color, in order to eliminate social determinants of health such as incarceration, racism, homophobia, and substance abuse, among others. Their website offers contact information to receive technical assistance and capacity building, as well as news and outside resources.

Biomedical HIV Prevention

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) page on PrEP, including current data, resources for consumers, PrEP infographics and videos, fact sheets and brochures, resources for providers, reports on effectiveness, a PrEP consultation service for clinicians, and PrEP guidelines.

iPrex OLE

The PrEP Initative’s continued study on the safety of PrEP and its impact on the behavior of those taking PrEP long term. The website offers information about the study, the medication, and the PrEP initiative.

Microbicide Trials Network (MTN)

A collection of agencies and institutes dedicated to testing and improving the effectiveness of microbicides for preventing the sexual transmission of HIV. Their website includes a list of enrolling and past studies, sites, meetings, and people involved, as well as a news room and list of outside resources.

Nonoccupational Postexposure Prophylaxis

The AETC National Resource Center’s page for information on Nonoccupational Postexposure Prophylaxis. Includes background information on the prevention method, plans for testing, example antiretroviral regimens, and tips on patient education.

PEP

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) page on post-exposure prophylaxis. The site includes basic information on PEP, for whom it is an effective treatment, when PEP should be taken, its side effects, where to find it, and how to pay for it.

Protecting Yourself from HIV through Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): What You Need to Know

A 2012 publication by the Fenway Institute, providing information on how to get tested for HIV, the best ways to protect yourself, how to use PrEP, how to pay for it. Outside resources are included.


Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Resources

Practice Guidelines for LGB Clients

The American Psychological Association (APA) hosts this website for those involved in psychological practice with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. The page includes information on issues facing LGB clients, including attitudes toward homosexuality and bisexuality, relationships and families, issues of diversity, and economic and workplace issues. The APA also provides psychologists with more information on education and training around these issues, and includes research to support practice guidelines, as well as outside resources.

Resources for the LGBT Population

A page hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on behavioral health equity for LGBT people. The site includes data and reports, a list of SAMHSA programs and initiatives, and outside resources.

The Protective Effects of Social/Contextual Factors on Psychiatric Morbidity in LGB Populations

A 2011 article by Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, Katherine M. Keyes, and Katie A. McLaughlin, exploring the social elements of LGB lives that may protect against the development of psychiatric disorders, including living in areas with higher concentrations of same-sex couples, and other factors.

Prejudice, Social Stress, and Mental Health in Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Populations: Conceptual Issues and Research Evidence

A 2007 article by Ilan H. Meyer reviewing research on the mental disorders among the LGBT populations, concluding that LGBT people face a higher prevalence than the heterosexual and/or cisgender populations. Meyer highlights the concept of minority stress and describes stress processes.

LGBT Health and Human Services Evaluation Toolkit

A toolkit to help professionals recognize and measure risky health behaviors among LGBT individuals, and to assess their level of social support, social isolation, self-esteem, access to healthcare, and general attitudes and knowledge around LGBT people and identities. Includes scoring guides.

Violence and Trauma Support

Violence Recovery Program (Fenway Health)

Fenway Health’s program, offering counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to LGBT victims of bias crime, domestic violence, sexual assault, and police misconduct.

Anti-Violence Project (AVP)

AVP is a New York City-based program focused on offering free and confidential support to LGBT and HIV-affected people who are vulnerable to violence. The program includes direct client services, community organizing, and public advocacy. AVP’s website features contact information to seek support, as well as outside resources and pathways to involvement.

The Network/La Red

A survivor-led organization dedicated to ending abuse in lesbian, bisexual women’s and transgender communities, The Network/La Red hosts this website, which offers information about upcoming events, resources for support, and information on identifying abuse in various environments.


Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data

Cultural Competency

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community: A Field Guide

A 2014 publication by The Joint Commission, offering strategies for U.S. hospitals to create more welcoming and effective health care environments for LGBT patients. The guide also includes practice examples, resources, and testimonials.

Engaging with Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Clinical Setting: A Primer for Physicians, Nurses, and Other Health Care Providers 

Produced in 2011 by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV, this publication includes a glossary of terms, roles and responsibilities of health care providers, a framework for understanding homosexuality as an identity, not a mental disorder, and an overview of MSM health needs and issues. The piece draws connections between homophobia and HIV risk, and lays out principles for effective care for MSM.

Guidelines for Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients

A publication by the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), including information on creating a welcoming environment for LGBT patients, and addressing the unique medical needs of lesbian and bisexual women, and gay and bisexual men. Topics include confidentiality, language, and intake forms. Includes outside resources.

Improving the Health Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People: Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities

This 2012 publication, put out by The Fenway Institute, includes basic information about the LGBT population, LGBT health disparities, and how to incorporate LGBT health care into medical centers, hospitals, and community health centers.

Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Health Access Project: Materials

The GLBT Health Access Project’s online collection of materials, including access to posters and stickers that foster safe and welcoming spaces for LGBT patients, and generally combat homophobia in health care.

Providing Culturally Sensitive Diabetes Care and Education for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community

A 2010 journal article written by Theresa L. Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE, summarizing key concepts behind providing culturally competent diabetes care for LGBT patients. The article includes tools to help providers provide this care.

Sample Patient Non-Discrimination Policies

Hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, this webpage offers examples of patient non-discrimination policies that address matters of sexual orientation and gender identity. Examples include policies adopted by Faulkner Hospital (Boston), Group Health Central Hospital (Seattle), Rush University (Chicago), among others.

Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports to LGBTQ Youth and Their Families

A tool created by the National Center for Cultural Competence, intended to improve cultural competence, and to allow personnel to assess their own values, attitudes, and practices with the goal of motivating improvement.

Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit

A publication put out by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), exploring significant health issues faced by lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, and transgender people. This also includes a discussion of gender identity, PowerPoint slides on these top health issues, and outside, web-based resources for further exploration.

Online Curricula and Training

Webinars & Video Training

The National LGBT Health Education Center’s collection of webinars and video training on topics including transgender health, LGBT youth, LGBT older adults, LGBT people of color, LGBT families, HIV/STI treatment and prevention, behavioral health, collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data, cancer and LGBT people, organizational change, and other issues in primary care. These webinars include downloadable content and include free CME/CEU credit.

Learning Modules

Featuring interactive presentations, slideshows, and evaluation surveys, the National LGBT Health Education Center’s learning modules offer information and instruction on health equity, transgender health, LGBT youth, LGBT older adults, and HIV screening, treatment, and prevention.

LGBT Mental Health Syllabus

This website, created by the LGBT Issues Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, offers a series of modules around working with LGBT patients in a psychiatric setting. The modules include links, resource lists, and references for further exploration.

LGBT Local Projects in a Box

Offered through the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), this website provides a series of pre-packaged event/training materials on LGBT health for faculty physicians and medical students to bring to medical schools. These projects-in-a-box include instructions, power point presentations, video clip suggestions, and handouts. Topics include Queer People of Color, Transgender Health, and Heterosexual Allies.

Reexamining LGBT Healthcare

Information on LGBT cultural competence training available to interested organizations, universities, and healthcare facilities, and provided by the National LGBT Cancer Network.

The Safe Zone Project

A series of trainings related to gender, sexuality, and issues relevant to the LGBT community. Trained organizations receive Safe Zone stickers that can be displayed around the building to communicate their commitment to creating an LGBT-inclusive environment.

Taking A Sexual History

A Guide to Taking a Sexual History

Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this online PDF guide offers tips for creating dialogue around sexual health issues, including a sexual history. The goal of the guide is to help providers determine STD risk among patients, and to determine how best to perform testing.

Patient Sexual Health History: What You Need to Know to Help

On online video published by the American Medical Association (AMA), intended to help physicians take a more thorough sexual history and respond to patients’ needs accordingly. The video emphasizes the pressing need for open and respectful communication between doctors and patients around sexuality.

HIV Risk Assessment & HIV Risk Reduction

Published by the Mountain Plains AIDS Education and Training Center as part of their HIV Provider Reference Series, this online PDF quick reference guide highlights strategies for HIV risk assessment, risk reduction, and HIV prevention, including sample questions to ask patients around sexual history, and general tips for dialogue, as well as resulting action.

The Proactive Sexual Health History

A 2002 article promoting the collection of patients’ sexual history by clinicians, arguing that such practices could decrease high-risk sexual behaviors among patients.


Cancer and LGBT People

LGBT Cancer Resources

Cancer Facts for Lesbians and Bisexual Women

The American Cancer Society’s page for information on cancer and lesbian and bisexual women. The page outlines related risk factors around different types of cancer, and offers suggestions for what women can do to defend against cancer.

Cancer Facts for Gay and Bisexual Men

The American Cancer Society’s page for information on cancer and gay and bisexual men. The page outlines related risk factors around different types of cancer, and offers suggestions for what men can do to defend against cancer.

Breast Cancer 

A publication by the Fenway Institute on breast cancer and LGBT health. The handout offers basic information on breast cancer, including how common it is, who is at risk for developing it, what patients can do to reduce their risk, and how to go about getting breast cancer screenings.

National LGBT Cancer Network

The National LGBT Cancer Network is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and supporting those at risk through education, training, and advocacy efforts. Their website lists the organization’s programs, and hosts cultural competence training, reports, and basic cancer information.

Promoting Cervical Cancer Screening Among Lesbians and Bisexual Women

A policy brief published by the Fenway Institute, addressing the high prevalence of cervical cancer and low rates of screening for it among lesbians and bisexual women. The publication explores risk factors, current policy, transgender men and cervical cancer screening, and recommendations for improving screening practices.

National LGBT Cancer Project

A support and advocacy nonprofit, hosting an online support group community. Their website offers live support, blogs, and articles for LGBT people living with cancer.


Organizational Change

National LGBT Health Initiatives

Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records

Written by the Institute of Medicine in October 2012, this document summarizes a workshop on implementing methods to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records.

Healthy People 2020: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

Healthy People 2020 is a government-funded initiative based on a 10-year agenda with the goal of improving the nation’s health in measurable ways. This web page offers an overview of health concerns facing the LGBT population.

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

Written by the Institute of Medicine and based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, this 2011 report emphasizes the importance of collecting data on the demographics of LGBT populations, improving methods for collecting this data, and increasing the participation of LGBT individuals in research.

LGBT Health and Well-being

Published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this 2012 report outlines the LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee’s objectives for 2011 and 2012.

Health & Well-being for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans

The HHS’s online center for information on LGBT health, including HHS reports, information on access to health care, and resources organized for specific communities within the LGBT population (including LGBT youth, people living with HIV, refugees, women, and older adults).

Cultural Competency

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community: A Field Guide

A 2014 publication by The Joint Commission, offering strategies for U.S. hospitals to create more welcoming and effective health care environments for LGBT patients. The guide also includes practice examples, resources, and testimonials.

Engaging with Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Clinical Setting: A Primer for Physicians, Nurses, and Other Health Care Providers 

Produced in 2011 by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV, this publication includes a glossary of terms, roles and responsibilities of health care providers, a framework for understanding homosexuality as an identity, not a mental disorder, and an overview of MSM health needs and issues. The piece draws connections between homophobia and HIV risk, and lays out principles for effective care for MSM.

Guidelines for Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients

A publication by the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), including information on creating a welcoming environment for LGBT patients, and addressing the unique medical needs of lesbian and bisexual women, and gay and bisexual men. Topics include confidentiality, language, and intake forms. Includes outside resources.

Improving the Health Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People: Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities

This 2012 publication, put out by The Fenway Institute, includes basic information about the LGBT population, LGBT health disparities, and how to incorporate LGBT health care into medical centers, hospitals, and community health centers.

Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Health Access Project: Materials

The GLBT Health Access Project’s online collection of materials, including access to posters and stickers that foster safe and welcoming spaces for LGBT patients, and generally combat homophobia in health care.

Providing Culturally Sensitive Diabetes Care and Education for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community

A 2010 journal article written by Theresa L. Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE, summarizing key concepts behind providing culturally competent diabetes care for LGBT patients. The article includes tools to help providers provide this care.

Sample Patient Non-Discrimination Policies

Hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, this webpage offers examples of patient non-discrimination policies that address matters of sexual orientation and gender identity. Examples include policies adopted by Faulkner Hospital (Boston), Group Health Central Hospital (Seattle), Rush University (Chicago), among others.

Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports to LGBTQ Youth and Their Families

A tool created by the National Center for Cultural Competence, intended to improve cultural competence, and to allow personnel to assess their own values, attitudes, and practices with the goal of motivating improvement.

Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit

A publication put out by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), exploring significant health issues faced by lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, and transgender people. This also includes a discussion of gender identity, PowerPoint slides on these top health issues, and outside, web-based resources for further exploration.

Online Curricula and Training

Webinars & Video Training

The National LGBT Health Education Center’s collection of webinars and video training on topics including transgender health, LGBT youth, LGBT older adults, LGBT people of color, LGBT families, HIV/STI treatment and prevention, behavioral health, collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data, cancer and LGBT people, organizational change, and other issues in primary care. These webinars include downloadable content and include free CME/CEU credit.

Learning Modules

Featuring interactive presentations, slideshows, and evaluation surveys, the National LGBT Health Education Center’s learning modules offer information and instruction on health equity, transgender health, LGBT youth, LGBT older adults, and HIV screening, treatment, and prevention.

LGBT Mental Health Syllabus

This website, created by the LGBT Issues Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, offers a series of modules around working with LGBT patients in a psychiatric setting. The modules include links, resource lists, and references for further exploration.

LGBT Local Projects in a Box

Offered through the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), this website provides a series of pre-packaged event/training materials on LGBT health for faculty physicians and medical students to bring to medical schools. These projects-in-a-box include instructions, power point presentations, video clip suggestions, and handouts. Topics include Queer People of Color, Transgender Health, and Heterosexual Allies.

Reexamining LGBT Healthcare

Information on LGBT cultural competence training available to interested organizations, universities, and healthcare facilities, and provided by the National LGBT Cancer Network.

The Safe Zone Project

A series of trainings related to gender, sexuality, and issues relevant to the LGBT community. Trained organizations receive Safe Zone stickers that can be displayed around the building to communicate their commitment to creating an LGBT-inclusive environment.

Referral Directories

CenterLink LGBT Community Center Member Directory

A database containing information about LGBT Community Centers and their member affiliates, both in the United States and around the world.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA): Find a Provider

GLMA’s online Provider Directory, allowing users to search for primary care providers, specialists, therapists, dentists, and other providers by type and location.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH): Find a Provider

WPATH’s online Provider Directory for transgender affirming providers, allowing users to search by first and/or last name, specialty, and location.

 

LGBT Health Professional Associations

American Medical Association LGBT Advisory Committee

The AMA’s committee is comprised of seven members, including residents, fellows, and medical students, who hold annual meetings around LGBT health care concerns, LGBT curriculum implementation in medical schools, and the experiences of LGBT medical professionals.

American Medical Student Association Gender and Sexuality Action Committee

The AMSA’s committee works toward improvements in curriculum, education for providers, and a comprehensive resource library related to gender and sexuality in health care.

American Psychological Association Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office (LGBTCO)

The APA’s LGBTC office aims to increase knowledge in the field of psychology on gender identity and sexual orientation, in order to directly benefit the LGBT community on an individual level.

American Public Health Association: The LGBT Caucus of Public Health Workers

A group founded with the goal of increasing an emphasis on LGBT issues within the APHA and the field of public health as a whole.

The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists

AGLP is a group of psychiatrists dedicated to increasing awareness of LGBT mental health issues and improving resources to promote mental health in safe and welcoming environments.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies: Study of GLBT Issues

This Yahoo Group, comprised of over 150 members, provides support for and space for dialogue among clinicians interested in working to improve the mental health of LGBT individuals, through an increased focus on research and training.

American Counseling Association: Association For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling

ALGBTIC aims to increase awareness of LGBT identities and mental health concerns within the counseling field in order to improve care for vulnerable individuals, and to break down barriers faced by LGBT counselors and those in related professions.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

GLMA works toward LGBT healthcare equality, both for patients and for those working in healthcare who identify as LGBT. Members are professionals working toward improved policy and education through advocacy efforts.

National Association of Social Workers: National Committee on LGBT Issues

The Committee is responsible for developing and reviewing programs of the NASW that directly impact members of the LGBT community, with the goal of ultimately eliminating homophobic and transphobic practices within social work.


Other Issues in Primary Care

LGBT Health Websites

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

This website, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers an overview of LGBT health issues, and displays national health reports, journal articles on health disparities, data and statistics, news stories, and resource lists for LGBT individuals.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

GLMA offers information on LGBT health, resources for patients, providers, and students, and provides news on advances in health care for the LGBT population.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

The HRC is one of the largest LGBT political organizations in the United States. Visit its website for information on health and aging, and resources for transgender people and parents of LGBT individuals.

National Coalition for LGBT Health

The National Coalition for LGBT Health’s website features publications, webinars, data and statistics, and an LGBT Health Training and Certificate Program.

National LGBTQ Task Force

A collection of news, fact sheets, infographics, reports, and studies related to LGBT population health.

The Williams Institute

The online home for an institute responsible for research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.

The Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health

Specializing in services for LGBT people with cancer, the Mautner Project website includes law and policy information as well as research related to LGBT population health.

Referral Directories

CenterLink LGBT Community Center Member Directory

A database containing information about LGBT Community Centers and their member affiliates, both in the United States and around the world.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA): Find a Provider

GLMA’s online Provider Directory, allowing users to search for primary care providers, specialists, therapists, dentists, and other providers by type and location.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH): Find a Provider

WPATH’s online Provider Directory for transgender affirming providers, allowing users to search by first and/or last name, specialty, and location.

 

Taking A Sexual History

A Guide to Taking a Sexual History

Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this online PDF guide offers tips for creating dialogue around sexual health issues, including a sexual history. The goal of the guide is to help providers determine STD risk among patients, and to determine how best to perform testing.

Patient Sexual Health History: What You Need to Know to Help

On online video published by the American Medical Association (AMA), intended to help physicians take a more thorough sexual history and respond to patients’ needs accordingly. The video emphasizes the pressing need for open and respectful communication between doctors and patients around sexuality.

HIV Risk Assessment & HIV Risk Reduction

Published by the Mountain Plains AIDS Education and Training Center as part of their HIV Provider Reference Series, this online PDF quick reference guide highlights strategies for HIV risk assessment, risk reduction, and HIV prevention, including sample questions to ask patients around sexual history, and general tips for dialogue, as well as resulting action.

The Proactive Sexual Health History

A 2002 article promoting the collection of patients’ sexual history by clinicians, arguing that such practices could decrease high-risk sexual behaviors among patients.

Discrimination in Health Care

2014 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Report

An annual report produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, summarizing the state of health care in the United States as a whole, as well as the disparities faced by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in 2014.

When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey on Discrimination Against LGBT People and People Living with HIV

The first survey created to measure disparities in health care experienced by the LGBT population in the United States. The report includes findings and recommendations for providers to improve fairness in health care.

Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

A report based off of the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Includes a full report, as well as shorter summaries focused on states, regions, and race/ethnicity.