In this guide, LGBTQIA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual. The plus sign (+) at the end of LGBTQIA stands for the many sexual and gender minority identities beyond LGBTQIA. People who identify as LGBTQIA+ are often discriminated against and mistreated, both in the healthcare setting and in the broader society. The stress of these experiences can lead to health problems. It can also cause some LGBTQIA+ people to avoid the healthcare system altogether. The resources on this page can help LGBTQIA+ individuals find welcoming healthcare providers and maintain overall well-being.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health (CDC)
- Intersex Society of North America (archived advocacy website)
- Patient Care Services for Veterans with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender and Related Identities (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Mental Health and Well-Being (Human Rights Campaign)
- Ten Things Transgender Persons Should Discuss with Their Healthcare Providers (GLMA, or Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality)
- Ten Things Bisexuals Should Discuss with Their Healthcare Providers (GLMA)
- Ten Things Lesbians Should Discuss with Their Healthcare Providers (GLMA)
- Ten Things Gay Men Should Discuss with Their Healthcare Providers (GLMA)
These advocacy organizations and resource centers support people at different stages of their lives.
- Asexual Visibility & Education Network
- Bisexual Resource Center
- Intersex Campaign for Equality
- Trans Lifeline
- FORGE (Transgender anti-violence organization)
- LGBTQ Center of Durham
- LGBT Center of Raleigh
- Pride Institute (for addiction and mental health recovery)
- Centerlink Directory of LGBT Community Centers
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) advocates for the rights of LGBTQ people. They offer a wide range of information on issues facing LGBTQ people, including resources for staying well and finding welcoming healthcare environments.
Resources selected by Stacy Torian, MLIS, Health Sciences Librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Last reviewed February 1, 2022