According to data from the 2015-2017 Healthy Minds Study, involving 71 U.S. college campuses, students with nontraditional gender identities reported two to four times as many symptoms of mental health conditions as cisgender students. Co-author Sara Abelson, MPH, of the … read more
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A Paired-Testing Pilot Study of Housing Discrimination against Same-Sex Couples and Transgender IndividualsSource: Urban Institute
A new study from the Urban Institute provides quantitative data to support the personal experiences of housing discrimination that LGBTQ people often report in surveys. The researchers conducted over 2,000 “paired tests” in which same-sex couples, heterosexual couples, transgender people, … read more
Opioid use disorder has reached an alarming rate in the United States. As a population disproportionately affected by substance use disorders (SUDs), the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community has not been spared from the opioid epidemic. This … read more
The government-commissioned RAND study released in May 2016 determined that the cost of providing transition-related care is exceedingly small relative to U.S. Armed Forces overall health care expenditures; that there are no readiness implications that prevent transgender members from serving … read more
Although there are only an estimated 1.4 million people in the United States who identify as transgender, current statistics shows they are more likely to serve in the military than their peers. According to participants in this research study, negotiating … read more
SAMHSA developed this resource guide to assist health professionals in helping LGBTQ people understand health insurance options under ACA, especially for mental health and substance use services. It also includes a brief overview of behavioral health needs, enrollment barriers, and … read more
Few data sources exist that can be used to estimate the size and proportion of transgender adults or youth in the U.S. This October 2016 demographic data report utilizes state-level, population-based survey data to estimate the proportion of the population … read more
Association Between Gender Minority Status and Self-Reported Physical and Mental Health in the United StatesSource: JAMA Internal Medicine
This study confirms that transgender and gender non-conforming in the United States experience health disparities compared with their cisgender peers. Overall, the transgender people sampled in the study were more likely to be overweight, to be uninsured, and to experience … read more
Best Practices for Asking Questions to Identify Transgender and Other Gender Minority Respondents on Population-Based SurveysSource: The Williams Institute
In 2011, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law convened a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional group of experts to increase population-based data about transgender people and other gender minorities by advancing the development of sex and gender-related measures (i.e., … read more
The California LGBTQ Health & Human Services Network focuses on promoting policies and systems changes to achieve health equity for LGBTQ Californians.This resource provides a list of LGBTQ-led and/or organizations that have special programs serving LGBTQ community members at the … read more
Gender nonconforming refers to people whose behaviors and appearance defy the dominant cultural and societal stereotypes of their gender. Gender nonconforming youth, including both highly gender nonconforming and androgynous subgroups, make up a significant segment of the adolescent population in … read more
This chapter reviews research challenges associated with the study of LGBT populations, the research methods and data sources used in studying these populations, and best-practice principles for conducting research on the health of LGBT people. The final section presents a … read more
We have been taught in school that pronouns are binary (she or he) and singular vs. plural (she or they). Yet today, pronouns used in social and work settings may not subscribe to these rules. For example, many people who … read more
The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey had 27,715 respondents to their survey examining the experiences of transgender people in the U.S. The Executive Summary reports their experiences as involving pervasive mistreatment and violence, harmful effects on physical and mental health, severe … read more
Federal Judge Says Trump Administration Can’t Stop Funding Sex-Reassignment Surgeries for Military MembersSource: Washington Post
A second federal judge has halted the Trump administration’s proposed transgender military ban, finding that active-duty service members are “already suffering harmful consequences” because of the president’s policy. Justice Department lawyers asked the court this month to dismiss the lawsuit … read more
Language is powerful and influences many of our interactions. As a health care provider, becoming familiar with terms used by LGBT communities can help provide patients with the highest quality care. This glossary does not have every term used by … read more
Fenway Health’s National LGBT Health Education Center developed this glossary for health care teams to use when working with LGBTQ patients. The glossary is updated periodically to reflect language changes over time.
This report utilizes data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to estimate the percentage and number of adults who identify as transgender nationally and in all 50 states. The report found that 0.6%, about 1.4 million, U.S. … read more
Is It Okay To Ask: Transgender Patient Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Collection in HealthcareSource: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
This study is one of the first to recruit a national sample of transgender patients to explore their views on the importance of collecting Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (SO/GI) data in healthcare settings and their preferred methods of disclosure. These findings … read more
The Institute of Medicine and the Joint Commission recommend collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity in health care settings, especially in electronic health records/electronic medical records. These data are essential for providing high-quality, patient-centered care to LGBT individuals … read more
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health Services in the United States: Origins, Evolution, and Contemporary LandscapeSource: PLOS ONE
This study reviews the early intersections of sexuality and health that led to an LGBT health movement in the United States, as well as the evolution of LGBT health services over time. Findings indicate that LGBT community health centers are … read more
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) provides training and resources to ensure that culturally competent legal services address the complex issues LGBT immigrants face. Some flee persecution in their home countries or have experienced discrimination and trauma in the United … read more
This CDC resource page provides an overview of the experiences of violence that LGBTQ youth face, the effects of this violence on their education and health, and what schools and parents can do.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, and/or Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Girls and Boys in the California Juvenile Justice System: A Practice GuideSource: Impact Justice and the National Center for Lesbian Rights
This practice guide is designed to support California probation departments in meeting their obligation to promote the safety and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, and/or gender nonconforming and transgender (LGBQ/GNCT) youth in their care and custody. The guide summarizes … read more
This guide provides information on mental health for older LGBT adults, including considerations around caregiving, legal affairs, rejection and discrimination, and getting the support you need as you move into older adulthood.
The Movement Advancement Project released a summary of research on LGBTQ+ people living with disabilities. This resource describes the unique challenges faced by the estimated 3 million to 5 million LGBTQ+ Americans living with disabilities. It outlines recommendations for advancing … read more
This review examines research on mentoring for youth who are LGBTQ, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQI-GNC). A growing body of literature has identified patterns of risks faced by LGBTQI-GNC youth and points also to the types of support that may … read more
According to an NPR Ed survey of transgender and gender-nonconforming educators, more than half of transgender teachers face harassment or discrimination in the workplace. Fifty-six percent reported some form of workplace discrimination or harassment. Primarily this came from the administration … read more
Hair can be a powerful tool for gender expression that affirms our gender identity. Gender Spectrum presents a video series, “Navigating Barbershops and Salons,” providing basic tools to help people navigate barbershops.
These videos demonstrate common questions and issues that arise for frontline and clinical staff when asking patients about their sexual orientation and gender identity. These videos are intended to provide a valuable training tool for health care staff looking for … read more
Out2Enroll is a national initiative to connect LGBT people and their families, friends, and allies with the new health insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act. Website resources include enrollment support; information for assisters; and FAQs on topics … read more
In this research article, the relationship between prior military service, identity stigma, and mental health among transgender older adults is identified. By identifying the role of military service in the mental health of transgender older adults, this study provides insights … read more
Access to behavioral health services is critical for LGBTQ individuals in the United States. The publication provides guidance for health care advocates and providers to stand up for LGBTQ people in need of access to quality behavior health care.
This brief offers health centers an introduction to providing trauma-informed care for HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). The overall aims are to help health center staff understand the disproportionate prevalence of trauma and stress-related disorders among HIV-positive … read more
This January 2017 demographic data report draws on state-level, population-based surveys to estimate the racial and ethnic composition of adults who identify as transgender in the U.S. A key finding is that “adults who identify as transgender are more racially … read more
Ready, Set, Go! Guidelines and Tips for Collecting Patient Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI)Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). National LGBT Health Education Center
LGBTQ people experience significant health disparities and require preventive services and treatment interventions tailored to their unique needs. Yet health care providers often do not know the sexual orientation or gender identity (SO/GI) of their patients, leading to missed screenings, … read more
Risk and Resilience During Transgender Identity Development: The Effects of Awareness and Engagement with Other Transgender People on AffectSource: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
This study evaluates how awareness and engagement with other transgender people influences risk and resilience during early gender identity development. The results indicate that for both MTF and FTM trans individuals, having prior awareness that other trans people exist and … read more
Sexual Orientation and Estimates of Adult Substance Use and Mental Health: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and HealthSource: Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)
This October 2016 SAMHSA analysis provides the first set of findings from NSDUH on substance use and mental health issues for adults by sexual identity. The analysis found that LGB adults were more likely to have substance use and mental … read more
Recent findings suggest that sexual contact inconsistent with an individual’s sexual orientation (i.e., sexual orientation discordance) may increase adolescent suicide risk. Researchers analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of high school students who identified as heterosexual, gay, or lesbian … read more
This January 2014 report was developed with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The major finding is the exceptionally high prevalence of lifetime suicide attempts reported by all respondents. The report authors identify mental health factors and experiences of harassment, … read more
A study conducted by GLSEN, Supporting Safe and Healthy Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Students, was drawn from a national online survey of 1,741 school mental health professionals (SMHPs) – which included school counselors, psychologists, and social … read more
The Supreme Court has accepted three cases that ask whether federal anti-discrimination laws should apply to sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, putting the court on track to consider high-profile LGBTQ issues after its next term begins this … read more
Talking, Gawking, or Getting It Done: Provider Trainings to Increase Cultural and Clinical Competence for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Patients and ClientsSource: Sexuality Research & Social Policy
This article presents a set of preliminary policy recommendations regarding cultural competency trainings for health care providers to improve service delivery to transgender and gender-nonconforming clients. The authors propose policy recommendations to guide curriculum developers and trainers in developing content … read more
This brief includes definitions and terminology for some commonly encountered terms in LGBTQ. A detailed discussion of terminology in the context of the great diversity of transgender and gender nonconforming people encountered across cultures and languages is beyond the scope … read more
This toolkit includes resources to support rural LGBTQ populations and communities, including a report on outreach to conservative communities, safe school efforts, data on poverty, and reducing bias.
This 2012 SAMHSA resource kit from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) aims to raise awareness among prevention specialists and health care providers of the needs, experiences, and health status of LGBTQ Americans. Among other topics, it includes a … read more
This document provides an overview of current research about transgender and gender-expansive youth in California. While more population-based data is needed, the data that follow illustrate critical aspects related to health disparities among this group of young people, including: School-based … read more
Communication is a key component to achieving and improving health literacy. Communication and language barriers affect consumers’ abilities to communicate with providers and their understanding of health concepts and procedures. Barriers to effective communication can also limit consumers’ ability to … read more
With an estimated 134,000 transgender veterans in the US, this research brief analyzes the medical policies and rights of the estimated 15,500 transgender individuals serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserve service.
This October 2014 report analyzes 51 studies on transgender parents and their relationships with their children. Among other findings, the studies found that the vast majority of transgender parents categorized their relationships with their children as good or positive generally; … read more
A new directive from the Department of Labor encourages the government to allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ people more. This past Friday, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the Department of Labor issued a directive … read more
The number of self-identifying trans people in the United State is on the rise. This article shares the story of Claire and her parents as they navigate the mental and physical health interventions involved in the path to physical transition. … read more
This guide from Strong Families, a Forward Together initiative, is written to help LGBTQ individuals and families make informed decisions when choosing healthcare plans.