Introduction to the LGBTQIA+ Health Guide
This guide focuses on the health needs of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, or asexual, and, more broadly, all people who identify as sexual or gender minorities. In it, you will find support resources for patients, information about LGBTQIA+ health disparities, tools for doing research on LGBTQIA+ health, and educational resources for health professionals.
We use the abbreviation "LGBTQIA+" to reference a diverse range of communities; however, this term is not used consistently throughout the healthcare field. Many resource providers use the terms LGBTQ or LGBT when naming their materials, due to differences in intended audience and organizational practices. Whatever term the resource provider used is the term that we use when describing that resource.
Acknowledging Racial, Heterosexist, and Cisgender Bias in Health Sciences Literature
Much of the literature in health sciences databases is by White authors writing from a heterosexist and cisgender perspective. With this in mind, the Health Sciences Library staff has been intentional about seeking out resources created by and for sexual and gender minorities of color. This guide includes links to those resources.