LGBTQIA+ and Healthcare
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:
Here are some excellent resources to learn more about the differences between sex, gender, and gender identity:
How is "Gender" a spectrum?
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)
Georgia Tech's LGBTQIA Resource Center Pronoun Guide includes information on:
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?
Learn more @TransStyleGuide
LGBTQIA+ in the Health Workforce
Research from the Literature