Introduction to LGBT Health

Introduction to LGBT Health

 

Introduction to LGBT Health

The LGBT community is diverse. While L, G, B, and T are usually tied together as an acronym that suggests homogeneity, each letter represents a wide range of people of different races, ethnicities, ages, socioeconomic statuses and identities. What binds them together as social and gender minorities are common experiences of stigma and discrimination, the struggle of living at the intersection of many cultural backgrounds and trying to be a part of each, and, specifically with respect to health care, a long history of discrimination and lack of awareness of health needs by health professionals. As a result, LGBT people face a common set of challenges in accessing culturally competent health services and achieving the highest possible level of health.


Obesity, Feeding and Eating Disorders, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder among LGBTQ Youth

Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, Director of Education & Training Programs, The Fenway Institute Boston, MA

Many young LGBTQ people contend with bullying, rejection, and other identity-related stressors at school and at home. For some, these challenges negatively affect their eating behaviors and   body image, which can lead to excessive weight gain or loss, as well as   eating and feeding disorders and body dysmorphic disorder. This webinar will teach providers how to use a culturally-responsive approach to preventing, identifying, and treating obesity, eating and feeding disorders, and body dysmorphic disorder among LGBTQ youth. We will also discuss pediatric endocrinology considerations as they relate to weight/gain and obesity among transgender youth.

As this webinar was originally recorded as part of the School Based Health Alliance’s Adolescent ECHO program, it is not available for CME/CEU Credit.

Download Slides here: SBHA Webinar Obesity EDs BDD 2017 FINAL

Originally Presented On: November 8, 2017

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LGBT Health Disparities & Hypertension Control Opportunities with the American Heart Association

Originally Presented On: April 19, 2018

This webinar will educate providers about LGBT health disparities and introduce providers to the American Heart Association’s hypertension control efforts and Target Blood Pressure program. Target BP is a national collaboration between the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.

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What’s new in STI epidemiology, prevention, and treatment for Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)?

Rates of syphilis and gonorrhea have been increasing in the United States, and most cases occur in men who have sex with men (MSM). In this webinar, Dr. Kevin Ard will review recent trends in STIs and examine causes for these trends. He will also discuss the controversial impact of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on STI incidence among MSM. Dr. Ard will outline steps clinicians and health centers can take to address STIs in 2018.

 

Originally Presented On: April 23, 2018

Faculty: Dr. Kevin Ard

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Addressing Opioid Use Disorders among LGBT People through Trauma-informed Care and Behavioral Health Integration

Dr. Keuroghlian will describe the epidemiology of opioid use disorders in the LGBT population, while identifying LGBT subpopulations at increased risk. He will then discuss best practices in addressing opioid use disorders among LGBT people.

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health for LGBTQ People

Originally Presented On: November 30, 2017

Faculty: Jessica Flaherty

In part one of this two part webinar Jessica Flaherty will introduce new terms used to explore the ways in which oppression (racism, homo/bi/trans-phobia, sexism, heterosexism, cisgenderism) impact health outcomes for LGBTQ patients. She will also consider dominant group identity and oppressive behaviors, while identifying anti-oppressive best practices that support healthy outcomes for LGBTQ patients.

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health for LGBTQ People: Part 2

In part two Jessica Flaherty will further explore the ways in which oppression (racism, homo/bi/trans-phobia, sexism, heterosexism, cisgenderism) impact health outcomes for LGBTQ patients. She will also consider dominant group identity and oppressive behaviors, while identifying anti-oppressive best practices that support healthy outcomes for LGBTQ patients.

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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV: The Basics and Beyond

Originally Presented On: October 19, 2017

Faculty: Kevin Ard, MD

In this interactive webinar, Dr. Kevin Ard will review how to prescribe and monitor PrEP. Using patient cases, he will discuss unique considerations that apply to PrEP management for transgender people, serodifferent couples, those who are pregnant or trying to conceive, and adolescents. Finally, through real-world examples, participants will learn how to incorporate PrEP into diverse clinic settings. This webinar will be useful for both clinicians who are new to PrEP and those who are experienced PrEP providers, as well as administrators interested in a creating a PrEP program.

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Same-Sex Domestic Violence: Considerations, Suggestions, and Resources

Originally Presented On: June 22, 2017

Faculty: Cara Presley, LICSW

According to a recent national survey, LGBT people experience domestic violence at least as commonly as heterosexual women, contradicting common misperceptions that men cannot be victims of abuse, and women cannot perpetrate abuse. In this webinar, Cara Presley of Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program, will explain the unique characteristics of same-sex domestic violence as well as the benefits of screening LGBT patients. Participants will learn to identify barriers that LGBT victims and survivors of domestic violence face when accessing health care, legal protection, and safe shelters.

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Collecting and Reporting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data: Stories from the Field

Originally Presented On: September 22, 2016

Faculty: Andrew Cronyn, MD, Pediatrician, El Rio Community Health Center, Robin LaBrecque, MBA, Director of Information Technology, El Rio Community Health Center, Nick Payne, MPH, Project Coordinator, Community-Centered Health Home, Crescent Care

LGBT people face stigma and related health disparities in healthcare. In spite of the advancements in LGBT acceptance and policy, many LGBT people remain largely invisible to their primary care providers. In order to address these disparities, new requirements included in the 2016 Uniform Data System require health centers to collect and report sexual orientation (SO) and gender identity (GI).  Collecting SO/GI data of new and returning primary care patients is critical for health centers to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment. Routine SO/GI data collection in the EHR can be used to improve care, and measure and track health outcomes at the individual and population levels. Systems that support collection of SO/GI data support improved quality of care, timely clinical information, and improved communication among patients and care teams. In this webinar, two health centers will share their experiences implementing changes within the EHR, revising workflows, and training clinical and non-clinical staff to successfully implement SO/GI data collection and create an LGBT inclusive environment in primary care.

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Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Data Integrity and Quality Improvement

Originally Presented On: November 16, 2016

Faculty: Chris Grasso, MPH, Associate Director of Informatics and Data Services, The Fenway Institute

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people face many health disparities and stigma in health care. Despite this, LGBT people remain largely invisible to their providers. Collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data of new and returning patients is critical for health centers and other health care organizations to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment of care; and to provide high-quality care to all patients.

This webinar will teach participants how to recognize and address  SO/GI data issues from the electronic health record. Chris Grasso, Associate Director of Director for Informatics & Data Services at the Fenway Institute will share her experience with data quality checks at Fenway Health. At the end of the session, participants will have the tools to monitor SO/GI data collected from their own EHRs.

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The Affordable Care Act: Building Health Equity for LGBT People

Originally Presented On: December 7, 2015

Faculty: Kellan Baker, MPH, MA, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progres

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center and The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

Under the Affordable Care Act, health centers and community based organizations continue to serve a critical role in helping LGBT people access health insurance coverage. In this webinar, Kellan Baker, MPH, MA, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, will explain how reforms under the new system have impacted multiple aspects of health care for LGBT people, including data collection, prevention and wellness, Medicaid and other health insurance coverage. He will also address strategies that health centers and other organizations can use to enroll LGBT people into health care to continue to reduce the number of uninsured LGBT people, especially people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Calidad de cuidado para lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgéneros y transexuales: Eliminando la invisibilidad y las disparidades en salud

Originally Presented On: April 4, 2013

Faculty: Carlos Rodríguez Díaz, MPHE, PhD and Carmen M. Vélez Vega, PhD., MSW. School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus/ Escuela de Salud Pública - Universidad de Puerto Rico

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center and La Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, Inc. (ASPPR)

La Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, Inc. (ASPPR) is pleased to sponsor a free webinar on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Puerto Rico. Developing culturally responsive care for LGBT people has become an urgent issue in our communities. In this program, Carlos Rodríguez Díaz, MPHE, PhD and Carmen M. Vélez Vega, PhD., MSW of the Escuela de Salud Pública – Universidad de Puerto Rico, will discuss the unique health needs of LGBT people and will recommend ways to address those needs in community health centers. Participants will also learn terminology associated with LGBT people, as well as ways to create a welcoming health care environment.

La Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, Inc. (ASPPR) se complace en patrocinar un seminario gratuito por internet sobre la salud de las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, y transgéneros (LGBT) en Puerto Rico. El desarrollo de la atención culturalmente sensible para las personas LGBT se ha convertido en un tema urgente en nuestras comunidades. En este programa, Carlos Rodríguez Díaz, MPHE, PhD y Carmen M. Vélez Vega, PhD, MSW de la Escuela de Salud Pública – Universidad de Puerto Rico, tratarán las necesidades de salud únicas de las personas LGBT y recomendarán formas de abordar tales necesidades en los centros comunitarios de salud. Los participantes también aprenderán terminología asociada con las personas LGBT, al igual que formas para crear un ambiente acogedor de atención de la salud. Al final del seminario por internet habrá tiempo para preguntas y respuestas. Se dispone de créditos de CEU/CME gratuitos de la Academia Americana de Médicos de Familia (ver a continuación para obtener más información). Esperamos que se una a nosotros en esta importante oportunidad de aprendizaje.

This webinar was presented in Spanish! Este webinar se presentarán en Español!

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Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health: Prevention, Wellness, and Empowerment

Originally Presented On: July 17, 2013

Faculty: Jennifer Potter, Director of Women's Health, Fenway Health

Sponsors: The National LGBT health Education Center

This program focuses on providing patient-centered preventive care to meet the unique health needs of lesbian and bisexual women. Featuring Women’ Health specialist Jennifer Potter, MD, of Fenway Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, the webinar updates participants on the known health disparities and risk factors among lesbian and bisexual women, describes effective communication strategies in the clinical setting, and offers strategies to promote positive behavioral change in this population.

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Understanding Bisexuality: Challenging Stigma, Reducing Disparities, and Caring for Patients

Originally Presented On: September 10, 2014

Faculty: Robyn Ochs, EdM

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center

Bisexual people face a number of health-care related disparities, including lower access to health insurance, higher rates of certain types of cancer, and higher prevalence of intimate partner violence. This webinar, featuring Robyn Ochs, Ed.M, a national speaker and teacher, and the editor of the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and the Bi Women Quarterly, will explore what it means to be bisexual, and will help providers best prepare to meet the needs of their bisexual patients. She will highlight disparities faced by bisexual people, and challenge negative messages and stigma that surround the bisexual community.

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Reaching LGBTQ Communities and Engaging them in Health Care

Originally Presented On: November 12, 2014

Faculty: Benjamin Perkins, MDiv, Associate Director for Community Engagement at The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center

With the Affordable Care Act expanding coverage to thousands of Americans, health centers are working to reach and understand the needs of population groups who are not fully engaged in the health care system, including LGBTQ populations. Benjamin Perkins, MDiv, Associate Director for Community Engagement at The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health, will explain best practices in community engagement that will help you learn more about the needs of LGBTQ people in your community, including developing community advisory groups, running focus groups, and producing materials to “get the word out” about community events. In addition, the webinar will address how to structure building these partnerships to create lasting relationships within the community.that surround the bisexual community.

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Affirming LGBT People through Effective Communication

In this module, you will learn ways to provide affirming and inclusive health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, patients through basic communication principles. This module will:

  1. Summarize LGBT terms.
  2. Explain the importance of basic communication principles for LGBT health.
  3. Practice using terms and principles in case scenario examples.

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Getting to Zero: Reducing HIV Incidence through Screening, Treatment, and Prevention

This module provides an overview of HIV incidence and prevalence in the United States, highlights groups most at risk for contracting HIV, describes the current state of HIV and STI screening, and explains biomedical and other interventions effective to curb the transmission of HIV. Using a case study, participants will be guided through effective screening and prevention methods, as well as communication strategies for talking to patients about their care.

This module will:

  1. Describe HIV incidence, particularly among men who have sex with men and transgender women.
  2. Identify the current recommendations for HIV and STI screening and the importance of screening high risk populations for prevention of HIV.
  3. Describe how biomedical interventions including treatment as prevention, PEP, and PrEP are effective tools for reducing the incidence of new HIV cases among high risk populations.

This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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Providing Quality Care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients: An Introduction for Staff Training

In this module, you will learn ways to provide affirming and inclusive health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, patients. This module will: 

  1. Summarize important LGBT terminology. 
  2. Describe health disparities faced by LGBT people.
  3. Explain the importance of effective communication to provide affirming care for LGBT patients.

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Achieving Health Equity for LGBT People

This module provides an overview of LGBT health disparities, demographics, and terminology, as well as key strategies for bringing high quality care to LGBT people at health centers and other health care organizations. Strategies for collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in clinical settings will be addressed. Participants will also learn about creating LGBT-inclusive environments of care and about the intersections of LGBT health, population health and team-based care..

This module will:

  1. Describe health disparities in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations
  2. Explain LGBT definitions and concepts
  3. Describe ways to overcome barriers to providing better care to LGBT people

This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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Caring for LGBTQ Youth in Clinical Settings

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth (12-24 years) must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual and gender minority identities. As a result, many LGBT youth are at higher risk for certain behavioral and emotional issues, homelessness, as well as bullying and other forms of victimization. This module discusses the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBT youth, and describes ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Through sensitive, confidential communication with LGBT youth, clinicians can become a vital source of support for this vulnerable population.

This module will:

  1. Identify the unique developmental challenges and health disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) youth (12-24 years)
  2. Describe barriers to accessing healthcare by LGBTQ youth
  3. Describe ways to talk to LGBTQ youth about their sexual and gender identity
  4. Explain strategies for interviewing, supporting, and educating LGBTQ youth on social, health, and behavioral concerns
  5. Provide access to additional resources for improving the health and well-being of young LGBTQ patients

This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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Caring for LGBT Older Adults

This module aims to bring recognition to the presence of LGBT elders (age 65+), a group which is often overlooked. The module illustrates the unique medical, psychological, and social service needs of LGBT older adults, and gives recommendations for how clinicians can adequately address the needs of this group.

This module will:

  1. Explain how social and historical factors have affected the health of older LGBT adults.
  2. Describe the medical and behavioral health care needs and concerns specific to LGBT older adults.
  3. Identify the enabling services, outreach, and community support needs of LGBT older adults.
  4. List ways to offer services that are affirming, welcoming, and appropriate.

This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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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.

LGBT Voices: Stories about healthcare from LGBT patients

LGBT Voices: Perspectives on Health Care from National LGBT Health Education on Vimeo.

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A new study shows that bisexual people are widely affected by monosexism, the privileging of sexual attraction to one sex or gender. This means that bisexual individuals face discrimination due to their sexuality not just from heterosexual people, but from within the wider LGBT community. The study

Fenway Hosts Full House To Celebrate Second Guide To LGBT Health

On April 28, 2015, Fenway hosted a full house of local physicians, medical students, behavioral health professionals, and leaders of the American College of Physicians to celebrate the Second Edition. The reception welcomed attendees from many leading health care institutions, including Beth Israel