The LGBT community is diverse. While L,G,B, and T are usually tied together as an acronym that suggests homogeneity, each letter represents a wide range of people of different races, ethnicities, ages, socioeconomic status and identities. What binds them together as social and gender minorities are common experiences of stigma and discrimination, the struggle of living at the intersection of many cultural backgrounds and trying to be a part of each, and specifically with respect to health care, a long history of discrimination and lack of awareness of health needs by health professional. As a result, LGBT people face a common set of challenges in accessing culturally-competent health services and achieving the highest possible level of health.
IMPROVING THE HEALTH CARE OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) PEOPLE:
Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities
Kevin L Ard MD, MPH, and Harvey J Makadon MD
The National LGBT Health Education Center, The Fenway Institute,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Harvard Medical School, Boston MA.