Information and resources regarding LGBT health disparities and advocacy from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office.

Among the APA's goals is to expand psychology's role in advancing health and in decreasing health disparities. The introductory summary of the Institute of Medicine's 2011 report, "The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for a Better Understanding," states: 

"Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals experience unique health disparities. Although the acronym LGBT is used as an umbrella term, and the health needs of this community are often grouped together, each of these letters represents a distinct population with its own health concerns. Furthermore, among lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, and transgender people, there are subpopulations based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic location, age and other factors."

Compounding this is that there are at present no large scale population data sets that include information about sexual orientation and gender identity, and LGBT people have been the subject of relatively little health research. In addition to these issues, LGBT people face barriers to equitable health care that profoundly affects their overall well-being.

The information and resources provided on this page represent an ongoing effort by the APA's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office to bring together recent and ongoing policy and advocacy work in LGBT health disparity areas, and both in government agencies and the non-profit health care community to address these issues.

Featured Research

This website serves as a no-cost, open-access clearinghouse for the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data and measures.

LGBTData.com

This website serves as a no-cost, open-access clearinghouse for the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data and measures.

Distinct LGBT Populations Affected by Health Disparities

Adolescents

The Elderly

Ethnic Minorities and Women

HIV/AIDS

LGBT Families

Government Agencies Connected with LGBT Health

Health and Human Services
Institute of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
SAMHSA
Veterans Affairs