Guide Editor: Stacy Torian, MLIS, MA (she/her)

As a health sciences librarian, I offer research consultations and lead instructional sessions for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. In addition, I review and develop library resources in collaboration with library colleagues and campus partners. When developing resources, I strive to highlight underrepresented perspectives and encourage critical thinking. My areas of interest include health disparities, social determinants of health, and the health of LGBTQIA+ individuals.

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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. It contains

  • Support resources for patients
  • Information about LGBTQIA+ health disparities
  • Tools for doing research on LGBTQIA+ health
  • 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.