We applaud the revisions made to policy by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which have included explicit provisions to protect LGBTQ persons seeking healthcare. We view this as a step towards reducing health disparities and encouraging an improved overall health status for our country. It is recognized that the fear of discrimination causes many LGBTQ people to avoid addressing their health needs, and when they have entered care, studies indicate that LGBTQ people are not consistently treated with the respect that all patients deserve.
At the local level, we strive to lead our human services partners to embrace the “All Are Welcome" message and show our community that we support everyone, no matter their gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, etc. Our goal is twofold in that we want to empower all individuals to know their health status including potential risks they face within their population; we also want the community to know what programs and services are available to guide better health outcomes. To assist the broader healthcare system, Healthy People 2020 has acknowledged that we must provide specific attention to a number of health disparities, including:
- LGBT youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide
- LGBT youth are more likely to be homeless
- Lesbians are less likely to get preventive services for cancer
- Gay men are at higher risk of HIV and other STDs, especially among communities of color
- Lesbians and bisexual females are more likely to be overweight or obese
- Transgender individuals have a high prevalence of HIV/STDs, victimization, mental health issues, and suicide and are less likely to have health insurance than heterosexual or LGB individuals
- Elderly LGBT individuals face additional barriers to health because of isolation and a lack of social services and culturally competent providers
- LGBT populations have the highest rates of tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use
Given this important health profile, we strive to be an equitable, knowledgeable, sensitive and welcoming organization and we ask our partners to help close the gaps and safeguard comprehensive and inclusive healthcare for all.
Human Rights Campaign
Healthcare Bill of Rights
Advocates for Youth
It Gets Better Project
Empowered: Trans Women & HIV
Do Ask, Do Tell – Talking to Your Healthcare Provider (see PDF)
Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE)
LGBTQ Health and Disease Prevention Recommendations During Pride in Philadelphia
LGBT Elder Initiative (The mission of the LGBTEI is to foster and advocate for services and resources that are competent, culturally sensitive, inclusive and responsive to the needs of LGBT elders in the Delaware Valley and beyond.)
LGBT Qmunity Center of Montgomery County
LGBTQ Task Force (The Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life is committed to providing exceptional person-centered care to all, including LGBTQ individuals and their families.)
PFLAG-Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
The Attic Youth Center
William Way LGBT Community Center - Philadelphia
National Hotline for Help
The Trevor Project
National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute
Healthy People 2020
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
The Welcoming Project: All Are Welcome
SAMSHA Toolkit (see PDF)
Resource Guide for LGBT Children (see PDF)
Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9–12 — United States and Selected Sites, 2015
LGBT Provider Toolkit
The SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline is available for anyone ages 50 and over who wish to discuss issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
A program of SAGE and operated by the LGBT National Help Center, this FREE and completely CONFIDENTIAL telephone hotline can help people with feelings of isolation, coming-out, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS questions, family, and much more. We also maintain the largest LGBT resource database of its kind in the world, with over 16,000 local resources throughout the United States and beyond.
Staffed entirely by highly-trained LGBT volunteers, the SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline can be reached toll-free at 1-888-234-SAGE from 4pm to midnight Monday thru Friday and on Saturdays from noon to 5pm, eastern time. You can also access the hotline online at www.LGBThotline.org/SAGE .