Resources for Clinicians

Caring for LGBTQI+ Patients

Accord Alliance’s mission is to promote comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by differences/disorders of sex development by fostering collaboration among all stakeholders.

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A range of resources that can be used to promote the health of people who are LGBT, gender nonconforming and/or born with differences of sex development, developed and/or identified by the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development.

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Access LGBTQ health-related articles, podcasts, handouts and presentations produced by the AMA and other leaders in the LGBTQ health field.

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Recognizing that discrimination based on gender and sexuality stems from common roots in sexism and heterosexism, the Gender and Sexuality committee is dedicated to assuring equal access to medical care and equality within medical education. It works to establish AMSA as a leader on issues affecting the health of women, intersex and LGBT communities and support initiatives to improve policy at the institutional, local, state, and federal levels.

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Gay Men’s Healthcare Pocket Card
Lesbian Healthcare Pocket Card
Transgender Healthcare Pocket Card

The GLBT Health Access Project is a community-based effort that provide training, technical assistance and materials to agencies across Massachusetts (and, due to past success, across the nation) to help service providers learn more about the health care needs of GLBT populations and create welcoming environments for staff and clients.

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Standard of Practice for the Provision of Quality Health Care Services to LGBT Clients

The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is pleased to offer a variety of online training options in LGBTQ patient-centered care to meet the training requirements of the HEI

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The LGBT field guide from The Joint Commission urges U.S. hospitals to create a more welcoming, safe and inclusive environment that contributes to improved health care quality for LGBT patients and their families. The Field Guide features a compilation of strategies, practice examples, resources, and testimonials designed to help hospitals in their efforts to improve communication and provide more patient-centered care to their LGBT patients.

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GLBT individuals have special health concerns. On this page you'll find information about these specific health issues.

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The Council is a membership organization that connects you with peers, specialists, and resources to eliminate homelessness through health care and housing.

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The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. It offers online training covering many LGBT health topics, most of which offer free CME/CEU.

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LGBTQI+ Family Care Resources

A range of resources that can be used to promote the health of people who are LGBT, gender nonconforming and/or born with differences of sex development, developed and/or identified by the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development.

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Webinar: The Contemporary Context of LGBT Family Building: What Providers Need to Know
Clinical Vignette: Queer Family Building 1
Clinical Vignette: Queer Family Building 2
Clinical Vignette: Family Counseling and Coming Out
Clinical Vignette: Assessing Family and Developmental History

The mission of the APA LGBT Concerns Office (is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge on gender identity and sexual orientation to benefit society and improve LGBT people's lives.

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Resources for Lesbian and Gay Parenting
Distinct LGBT Populations Affected by Health Disparities – LGBT Families

Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in this country and their six million children.

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Because queer and trans people experience violence at similar, and in some instances higher, rates as heterosexual people, it is critical that health care and other providers ensure that their practice is culturally inclusive for queer and trans people and that they are talking to all of their patients about the effects that intimate partner violence can have on health.

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Many of the issues you or your loved one may confront—such as where to turn for help, what kinds of programs can support caregivers, how to access services—do overlap with those faced by heterosexuals. LGBT caregivers and care receivers can also face some specific concerns and particular challenges. This Fact Sheet addresses a number of important concerns and frequently asked questions (FAQs) that LGBT caregivers have. It should help you navigate through changing caregiving options for seniors and locate assistance in your area.

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The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for LGBT people. It offers online training covering many LGBT health topics, most of which offer free CME/CEU.

Resources and Suggested Readings – Family and Parenting Resources
Webinars and Video Trainings
Learning Modules

LGBTQI+ Youth

The SOLGBTHW of the American Academy of Pediatrics is a group of pediatricians and other health providers interested in LGBT health and wellness.

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Resources for Professionals
Education

A range of resources that can be used to promote the health of people who are LGBT, gender nonconforming and/or born with differences of sex development, developed and/or identified by the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development.

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Webinar: The Nuts and Bolts of Caring For and Teaching About Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth
Clinical Vignette: Family Counseling and Coming Out

The mission of the APA LGBT Concerns Office (is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge on gender identity and sexual orientation to benefit society and improve LGBT people's lives.

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Distinct LGBT Populations Affected by Health Disparities – Adolescents

The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBT children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. The FAP uses a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.

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Publications, Training and Resource Materials

Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.

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The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. It offers online training covering many LGBT health topics, most of which offer free CME/CEU.

Resources and Suggested Readings
Webinar: Caring for Gender Dysphoric Children and Adolescents
Webinar: Providing Mental Health Care for Youth with Non-Binary Gender Identities
Webinar: Supporting LGBTQ Youth : Providing Affirmative and Inclusive Care across the Spectrum of Gender and Sexual Identity

Transgender Patients

A range of resources that can be used to promote the health of people who are LGBT, gender noncoforming and/or born with differences of sex development, developed and/or identified by the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development.

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Webinar: The Nuts and Bolts of Caring For and Teaching About Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth
Clinical Vignette: Welcoming Patients at the Front Desk

Recognizing that discrimination based on gender and sexuality stems from common roots in sexism and heterosexism, the Gender and Sexuality committee is dedicated to assuring equal access to medical care and equality within medical education. It works to establish AMSA as a leader on issues affecting the health of women, intersex and LGBT communities and support initiatives to improve policy at the institutional, local, state, and federal levels.

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Transgender Healthcare Pocket Card
Transgender Health Overview

The mission of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health is to increase access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming health care services for trans communities.

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Transgender Health Learning Center
Guidelines for Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People

As an international interdisciplinary, professional organization, WPATH furthers the understanding and treatment of gender dysphoria by professionals in medicine, psychology, law, social work, counseling, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, and other related fields. WPATH publishes the Standards of Care and Ethical Guidelines, which articulate a professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical management of gender dysphoria and help professionals understand the parameters within which they may offer assistance to those with these conditions.

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Medicine Research and Resources
Standards of Care

Aging Resources

A range of resources that can be used to promote the health of people who are LGBT, gender noncofroming and/or born with differences of sex development, developed and/or identified by the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development.

Webinar: Caring for All Elders: Integrating Sexual and Gender Minority Elder Health into the Learning Continuum

The mission of the APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge on gender identity and sexual orientation to benefit society and improve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's lives.

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Distinct LGBT Populations Affected by Health Disparities – Older Adults
LGBT Aging

The LGBT Aging Issues Network works to raise awareness about the concerns of LGBT elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services.

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LGBT Aging Resources Clearninghouse

Many of the issues you or your loved one may confront—such as where to turn for help, what kinds of programs can support caregivers, how to access services—do overlap with those faced by heterosexuals. LGBT caregivers and care receivers can also face some specific concerns and particular challenges. This Fact Sheet addresses a number of important concerns and frequently asked questions (FAQs) that LGBT caregivers have. It should help you navigate through changing caregiving options for seniors and locate assistance in your area.

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The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for LGBT people. It offers online training covering many LGBT health topics, most of which offer free CME/CEU.

Webinar – LGBT Aging: Addressing Disparities and Health Care Needs
Webinar – LGBT Aging: Social Supports, Outreach and Policy
Webinar – Care of the Older Adult with HIV Infection

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults.

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Featured Resources
Training

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults.

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Cancer Care

A range of resources that can be used to promote the health of people who are LGBT, gender nonconforming and/or born with differences of sex development, developed and/or identified by the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development.

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Clinical Vignette: Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention
Clinical Vignette: Cervical Cancer Screening 1
Clinical Vignette: Cervical Cancer Screening 2
Featured Non-AAMC Clinical Vignette: Vanessa Goes to the Doctor

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

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Smoking out a Deadly Threat – Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community
The LGBT Community: A Priority Population for Tobacco Control

CancerCare provides free, professional support services for the LGBT community affected by cancer, as well as information and additional resources.

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The National LGBT Cancer Network's mission is to improve the lives of LGBT people with cancer and those at risk. We educate the LGBT community, train healthcare providers and advocate for LGBT inclusion in national cancer organizations, research and the media.

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Cultural Competency Training

Mental Health Resources

A range of resources that can be used to promote the health of people who are LGBT, gender noncofroming and/or born with differences of sex development, developed and/or identified by the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development.

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Clinical Vignette: Assessing Minority Stress and Risk Behaviors
Clinical Vignette: Substance Use History

The mission of the APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge on gender identity and sexual orientation to benefit society and improve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's lives.

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Because queer and trans people experience violence at similar, and in some instances higher, rates as heterosexual people, it is critical that health care and other providers ensure that their practice is culturally inclusive for queer and trans people and that they are talking to all of their patients about the effects that intimate partner violence can have on health.

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This website was created by the LGBT Issues Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry to teach psychiatry residents about caring for LGBT and intersex patients. However, we hope it will also be useful to all health and mental health trainees and practitioners. The site includes a series of modules that can be used sequentially to provide a comprehensive learning guide for working with LGBT patients.

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The Council is a membership organization that connects you with peers, specialists, and resources to eliminate homelessness through health care and housing.

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The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for LGBT people. It offers online training covering many LGBT health topics, most of which offer free CME/CEU.

Webinar – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Mental Health in Children and Adolescents
Webinar – Providing Mental Health Care for Youth with Non-Binary Gender Identities

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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Policy Reports and Recommendations

A growing number of employers, both public and private, are providing coverage in employee health benefits plans for transition-related health care to treat gender dysphoria. In order to inform employer-based decisions and current policy debates regarding provision of this coverage, this study describes the experiences of 34 employers who provide transition-related coverage in their health benefits plans.

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These comprehensive recommendations offer a wealth of resources for making any health professional school more equitable, inclusive and welcoming from an LGBT standpoint. Students, staff, faculty and others involved in health professions education will find the information they need to improve their climate to better support LGBT community members, promote general awareness of LGBT needs and provide LGBT equity.

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Overview, objectives and data, and evidence-based resources from this important U.S. public health initiative. This is the first time that LGBT health has been included in the Healthy People campaign.

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The report provides a thorough compilation of what is known about the health of each of these groups at different stages of life and outlines an agenda for the research and data collection necessary to form a fuller understanding.

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An examination of the disparities faced by transgender people, this report provides detailed statistical information gleaned from a survey of 27,715 respondents from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. military bases overseas.

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This technical brief summarizes essential information and existing WHO recommendations for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care among transgender populations.

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If you are aware of additional LGBTQI+ clinical, research, or community resources that you would like to see on our website, please e-mail a link to the resource to:LGBTQIaffairs@yale.edu.