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LGBTQIA+ Resources

Local and National Resources for LGBTQIA+ Students and Healthcare Providers Serving the Community

LGBTQIA+ and Healthcare

LGBTQIA+ Resources

National LGBT Health Education Center: A Program of the Fenway Institute Provides educational programs, resources, and consultations to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of service and supports offered to LGBT+ older adults.

Gender Spectrum Aims to help create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. They also have tools and reflective prompts for you to practice thinking about your own identity. 

Gender Identity & more

What is the difference between "Sex", "Gender, and "Gender Identity"?

When having discussions with patients who are transgender, gender-queer, or non-binary, it is important to understand the difference between sex and gender. Planned Parenthood's guide to biological sex defines these terms as: 

  • Sex: "a label - male or female - that you're assigned by a doctor at birth based on the genitals you're born with and the chromosomes you have. It goes on your birth certificate."
  • Gender: "a social and legal status, ans set of expectations from society, about behaviors, characteristics, and thoughts. Each culture has standards about the way that people should behave based on their gender. This is also generally male or female, but instead of being body parts, it's more about how you're expected to act, because of your sex" 
  • Gender Identity: "is how you feel inside and how you express your gender through clothing, behavior, and personal appearance. It's a feeling that begins very early in life." 

Here are some excellent resources to learn more about the differences between sex, gender, and gender identity: 

How is "Gender" a spectrum? 

Gender Spectrum Aims to help create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. They also have tools and reflective prompts for you to practice thinking about your own identity. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/curiosity/ask-survey-questions-sexual-orientation-gender-identity/

Pronoun Practice

What are Pronouns?
Pronouns are a part of everyday conversation. A pronoun is a word that refers to either the people talking (like "I" or "you") or someone or something that is being talked about (like "she," "it," "them," and "this").

"Some people don't feel like the most common gender pronouns (he/him/she/her) represent their gender identities or expressions because of how they are typically attributed to binary conceptions of sex (male/female) and gender (man/woman)." (Georgia Tech)

The Humans Right Campaign has a PDF discussing pronouns in the workplace here

Georgia Tech's LGBTQIA Resource Center Pronoun Guide includes information on:

  • Why is it important to get someone's pronouns right
  • How should one correct themselves and others when using the wrong pronouns
  • Pronunciation
  • Conjugation

Reflect and get some practice in! This can be done by yourself or with others and reflected on daily. Think of all the ways gendered terms come into your daily life. Are these necessary? How do we unlearn gendered language?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LGBTQIA+ Glossary

LGBTQIA+ in the Health Workforce

 

Research from the Literature