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LGBTQ+ People

LGBTQ+ people are individuals whose gender, sexual orientation, and/or romantic orientation is different from the heterosexual, cisgender norms most commonly-accepted in our society. LGBTQ+ is an umbrella acronym that references an incredible diversity of nuanced human identities, including: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Agender, Two Spirit, Nonbinary, Gender Fluid, Genderqueer, Gender Non-Conforming (GNC), Asexual, Aromantic, Demisexual, Demiromantic, Pansexual, Graysexual, Questioning, and many more.


LGBTQ+ people belong everywhere. They deserve to live open, authentic lives without fear of discrimination, harassment, judgement, or violence. Despite decades of tireless advocacy, however, LGBTQ+ people still experience disproportionately worse health outcomes, endure ongoing discrimination, and are four times more likely to experience violence than their straight and cisgender peers. These disparities are often further compounded by isolation and a lack of access to appropriate primary and mental health care. LGBTQ+ individuals who are Transgender, disabled, youth, and/or people of color are most impacted.


There are many factors–both historical and contemporary–which give rise to and perpetuate these harsh disparities. One significant factor is the lack of consistent legal protections regarding gender identity, expression, and sexual/romantic orientation. Decisions and policies—such as appropriate use of force by law enforcement, bathroom rights, businesses’ rights to refuse service, HIV criminalization laws, and transgender healthcare standards—vary dramatically by state and local jurisdiction. When layered with similar lack of protections against racial injustice, the risks are even more significant for LGBTQ+ people of color.


Equal rights, personal safety, equitable health outcomes, and social inclusion and belonging are all fundamental building blocks of individual and community wellbeing. LGBTQ+ people deserve to live fulfilling lives as their authentic selves, safe in their home communities. When we advocate for the wellbeing of marginalized community members, we advocate for the wellbeing of entire communities.


Changes to policies and laws that protect LGBTQ+ people at home, at work, and in public, regardless of their state or local jurisdiction, can improve LGBTQ+ peoples’ wellbeing at scale. Local communities can support LGBTQ+ businesses, create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, push for EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) trainings, and advocate for policies that protect LGBTQ+ people from violence, harassment, and discrimination in all aspects of their lives.


     

Resources & Tools


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Priority Populations Channel
Resource - Data Bank/repository
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Beyond Allyship: Leveraging Activism Tools to Improve Transgender and Nonbinary Health
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 01/26/2022
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Beyond Inclusion: Pronoun Use for Health and Well-Being
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 10/20/2021
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The Growing Gap: Gender Pay Equity, Meaningful Work, and Wealth during COVID-19
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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LGBTQI Trauma and Internalized Shame
Resource - Website/webpage
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LGBT People With Disabilities
Resource - Report
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In Common Newsletter: Thriving Campuses Toolkit
Resource
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Blueprint for Positive Change 2020
Resource - Policy Brief
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Talking about Pronouns in the Workplace
Resource - Guide/handbook
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Transgender Workplace Rights
Resource - Website/webpage
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons & Socioeconomic Status
Resource - Fact Sheet
Brought to you by APA
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In Common Newsletter: Beyond Allyship
Resource
Brought to you by Community Commons
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LGBT Foundation: Evidence Exchange
Resource - Website/webpage
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Queer reproductive justice?
Resource - Journal Article
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Eating Disorder Statistics
Resource - Fact Sheet
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Bright Spot: d-up: Defend Yourself!
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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GLSEN Pronoun Guide
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by GLSEN
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LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center
Resource - Website/webpage
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Eating Disorders in LGBTQ Populations
Resource - Website/webpage
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LGBTQ Health: The Data Trail
Resource - Journal Article
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Transgender Incarcerated People in Crisis
Resource - Website/webpage
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Know Your Rights: LGBTQ Rights
Resource - Website/webpage
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In Common Newsletter: The Growing Gap
Resource
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 03/23/2022
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LGBT Data Collection
Resource - Written
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Focus Population: LGBTQ People
Resource - Fact Sheet
Brought to you by Well Being Trust
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Searchable LGBTQ Resource Database
Resource - Website/webpage
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Identity & Eating Disorders
Resource - Data Bank/repository
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Sylvia Rivera
Story - Written
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LGBT Data: Who Is Helping to Fill the Gap?
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 01/19/2017
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LGBTQ+ People and Identity-Based Stress
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Counting All in Our Communities: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Taking Action to End Gun Violence: Our Top Tools, Resources, Stories, and Data
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Transgender Amid Orthodoxy: I Am Who I Will Be
Story - Audio
Brought to you by On Being
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LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Index 2022
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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LGBTQ Equality by State
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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American Values Atlas
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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LGBT Data and Demographics
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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Imagine Fox Cities: Well-Being Data Tool
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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Queering the Map
Tool - Data/mapping Tool

Data & Metrics


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LGBTQ+ Health Equity Library
Library
Published on 03/01/2022

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