As informational professionals, one of our most powerful roles is as referral specialists, connecting patrons with resources, organizations and professionals that can provide the specialized help and support we cannot.
For LGBTQ+ patrons, finding medical information that is both reliable and respectful can unfortunately be challenging. Fortunately there are specialized online and in-person resources designed specifically to meet the medical needs of the LGBTQ+ community.
Here are just a few health-related resources designed to serve the LGBTQ+ community.
“The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.” This American organization offers free publications, webinars, and a list of recommended reading and resources, both for individuals and for organizations that support better health for LGBTQ+ patients.
Rainbow Health Care was designed to meet “the need to do more research to document, understand, and address the various factors that contribute to health disparities in the LGBT community.” It offers articles and recommended resources. Examples of valuable articles include “10 Things Transgender Individuals Should Discuss with Their Healthcare Provider”, and “Lesbian and Bisexual Health Fact Sheet”.
Looking for an organization or resource in British Columbia? Links to more than 10 organizations have been aggregated into a single listing, making it quick and easy to refer patrons to valuable services and information.
The “Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is responsible for the provincial coordination of transgender health services in BC. The Transgender Health Information Program (THiP) is a BC-wide information hub providing information about gender affirming care and supports.”
This non-profit organization works “to provide low-barrier wellness services to transgender and gender non-conforming people in a way that is respectful and celebratory of clients’ identity and self-expression.”
“HIM involves and engages gay men to improve foundations of their physical, sexual, social and mental health through research-based, community-minded, volunteer-driven activities. Their materials and programs are for adults and deal with gay sexuality positively and explicitly.”
OPT clinics “offer sexual and reproductive health care, information, and education from a feminist, pro-choice, sex positive perspective.” While not specifically directed towards LGBTQ+ individuals, the organization is committed to inclusive, confidential, sex-positive health information for all British Columbians.
In addition to being a valuable resource for LGBTQ+ individuals in the Lower Mainland, Qmunity offers a referral service that can help connect patrons to other information and service providers.
Are there any great physical health resources we should add to the list?