LGBT people diverse in every way, and have unique perspectives and needs that should be considered in public health policies to ensure that everyone has access to competent health care.
The LGBT community suffers from multiple health disparities when compared to their heterosexual counterparts. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that “differences in sexual behavior account for some of these disparities, but others are associated with social and structural inequities, such as the stigma and discrimination that LGBT populations experience.”
Read more from the CDC about LGBT people.
Talk to Your Doctor
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) has a wonderful resource for LGBT people to use when discussing their health needs with doctors.
The Affordable Care Act and LGBT Health Disparities
According to the Center for American Progress, the Affordable Care Act “presents an unprecedented opportunity to address these disparities and improve the well-being and economic security of LGBT communities by promoting access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage.”
Fair Wisconsin was proud to partner with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Diverse & Resilient, and Cream City Foundation in 2013 to launch an effort to educate the LGBT community, which includes significant populations of uninsured people, about the importance of leveraging the Affordable Care Act to connect with culturally competent and affordable health care.
Download our joint brochure about how the Affordable Care Act impacts Wisconsin’s LGBT community.
Read more about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on LGBT people from the Center for American Progress.
HIV & AIDS
Men who have sex with men (MSM) remain the population most impacted by HIV transmission, with a disproportionate representation of people of color affected by HIV according to a CDC study in 2010.
It is critical that we address the root cause of the transmission of AIDS and HIV through our work to advance LGBT equality and racial justice.
To learn more about the specific experiences of LGBT people of color and people of color living with HIV, check out Lambda Legal’s study from 2009.
If you are a provider seeking to learn more about treating LGBT patients, you should check out GLMA’s “Guidelines for Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients.”
The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is among the largest and most comprehensive AIDS service agencies in the country, providing comprehensive health care services and a vast array of social services to more than 3,000 Wisconsin residents living with HIV disease.
Established in 1985, AIDS Network provides comprehensive, community-driven HIV/AIDS prevention and care services throughout South Central Wisconsin with offices in Madison, Beloit and Janesville.
A nonprofit organization whose mission is the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Wisconsin through the development of groups and communities to take action.