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
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Taking Action to End Gun Violence: Our Top Tools, Resources, Stories, and Data
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Beyond Allyship: Leveraging Activism Tools to Improve Transgender and Nonbinary Health
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Published on 01/26/2022
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Beyond Inclusion: Pronoun Use for Health and Well-Being
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The Growing Gap: Gender Pay Equity, Meaningful Work, and Wealth during COVID-19
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Trans Health Project - Medicaid Regulations And Guidance
Resource - Data Bank/repository
Brought to you by Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
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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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Queering Public Space
Resource - Report
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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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Inclusive Bathroom Signage Recommendations
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by State of Washington Office of Financial Management
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Ask an Advocate
Resource - Podcast
Brought to you by APHA
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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
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LGBT Foundation: Evidence Exchange
Resource - Website/webpage
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Trans Accessible Libraries Initiative
Resource - Guide/handbook
PDF Cover: Queer Reproductive Justice
Queer Reproductive Justice?
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by Elsevier, Inc.
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Model Local Education Agency Policy on Transgender and Nonbinary Students
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by GLSEN
PDF Cover: LGBTQ-Inclusive Data Collection: A Lifesaving Imperative
LGBTQ-Inclusive Data Collection: A Lifesaving Imperative
Resource - Report
Brought to you by Human Rights Campaign
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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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Transgender Public Accommodations and Rights
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by National Center for Transgender Equality
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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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Fight State-Level Anti-Trans Legislation
Resource - Data Bank/repository
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LGBTQ Health: The Data Trail
Resource - Journal Article
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Protecting Transgender Rights to Ensure Health Equity for All
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by HealthBegins
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LGBTQ Curricular Laws
Resource - Map
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Federal Evidence Agenda on LGBTQI+ Equity
Resource - Report
Brought to you by National Science and Technology Council
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Transgender Incarcerated People in Crisis
Resource - Website/webpage
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How Health Care Leaders Can Prioritize Health Equity for the LGBTQIA2+ Community
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by Harvard University
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Transgender People and Bathroom Access
Resource - Fact Sheet
Brought to you by National Center for Transgender Equality
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Know Your Rights: LGBTQ Rights
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by ACLU
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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
Brought to you by Center for American Progress
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Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ Identities: Today and Centuries Ago
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by Human Rights Campaign
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Informed Consent Model for Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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LGBTQ + and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Experiences and Challenges
Resource - Journal Article
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Focus Population: LGBTQ People
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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Protecting and Advancing Health Care for Transgender Adult Communities
Resource - Report
Brought to you by Center for American Progress
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Ask an Advocate: LGBTQ Health Caucus
Story - Video
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The Trans Community of Christopher Street
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The Anti-Trans Panic Is Rooted in White Supremacist Ideology
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Brought to you by Truthout
Published on 05/19/2023
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Sylvia Rivera
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LGBT Data: Who Is Helping to Fill the Gap?
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Published on 01/19/2017
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LGBTQ+ People and Identity-Based Stress
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Joy as Healthcare: Advancing Health Equity for Gender Expansive People
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Published on 06/25/2024
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Disability Justice Is LGBT Justice: A Conversation With Movement Leaders
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Counting All in Our Communities: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data
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The Anti-Drag Bills Sweeping the U.S. Are Straight From History's Playbook
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Published on 03/06/2023
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Transgender Amid Orthodoxy: I Am Who I Will Be
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I’m a Queer Youth in Recovery from an Eating Disorder
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Taking Action for Trans Rights: Our Favorite Tools, Resources, and Data
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Healthcare Equality Index 2022
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Snapshot: 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
Queering the Map
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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Public Health and Equity Resource Navigator
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Published on 10/22/2021

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