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Cultural and Diversity Resources for Health Care Professionals

LGBTQ Health Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health

The CDC provides a variety of health resources on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender health issues. (United States)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: HIV/AIDS & Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)

The CDC provides HIV/AIDS resources on MSM, information on prevention and information on CDC initiatives. (United States)

Rainbow Health Network

Rainbow Health Network is a Toronto based organization that promotes optimal health and wellness of people and communities of all gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as intersex people. Of particular use to health care providers is their online "workshop tool kit".  This tool kit is designed to help health care providers build diversity awareness with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity.  (Ontario, Canada)

Rainbow Health Ontario

Rainbow Health Ontario is a province-wide program designed to improve access to services and to promote the health of Ontario's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBTQ) communities. This website provides an extensive resource database featuring information on LGBTQ health and wellness in Ontario and around the world. The aim is to provide the most reliable and up-to-date health resources to LGBTQ communities, service providers and others with an interest in LGBTQ health. The site also provides a LGBTQ Provider Directory, listing LGBTQ -positive service providers and programs around the province;  a Trainer Database featuring profiles of trainers and educators who provide LGBTQ education and training in Ontario; a Researcher Database featuring profiles of LGBTQ health researchers from academic institutions across Ontario ; an Events Calendar listing upcoming LGBTQ health and wellness-related events and activities across the province, as well as events of interest outside of Ontario.  (Ontario, Canada)

Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition

The Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition is a national organization that addresses various LGBTQ health and wellness issues. This site provides links to LGBTQ health and wellness documents as well as educational resources for health professionals. (Canada)

Sherbourne Health Center

A Toronto based center that provides innovative primary health care, counselling, support, outreach and education to the LGBTQ community, new Canadians, homeless and underserved individuals. They offer a wide range of primary health care programs and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, intersex, queer, or questioning individuals that address specific LGBTQ health issues.  (Ontario, Canada)

Guidelines and Protocols for Comprehensive Primary Health Care for Trans Clients

This guide was developed by the LGBTQ health program at Sherbourne Health Center to help Ontario clinicians in their day-to-day practice with their transgender and transsexual clients.  (Ontario, Canada)

Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse

This site provides free LGBTQ health promotion materials for health and social service providers in the Commonwealth. (United States)

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

GLMA is an American based organization whose mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care professionals. This site provides information to educate both patients and providers about the unique healthcare needs of LGBTQ individuals.  Of particular relevance to health care providers are the "Provider Guidelines for Creating a Welcoming Environment." (United States)

American Psychological Association

This link provides answers to information about transgender individuals and gender identity. (United States)

Public Health: Seattle and King County: LGBTQ Health

These web pages are designed to discuss the particular health issues and concerns of the LGBTQ community and to provide tools to health care providers to ensure that health care environments are welcoming.  Health topics are categorized by target population. (United States)

LGBTQ Health Cannel

This online resource was developed and is monitored by experts in LGBT health care. It provides information about health and wellness issues that affect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. (United States)

New York Online Access to Health (NOAH): Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) Personal Health

NOAH provides access to information on specific health issues affecting the LGBTQ community. (United States)

MedlinePlus: Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Health

NOAH provides access to information on specific health issues affecting the LGBTQ community. (United States)

Mind: Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals (LGB) and Mental Health

This factsheet provides information on the types of mental distress experienced by LGB people, the social factors that affect their mental health and the experiences of LGBTQ people in mental health services. The final section describes ways that LGBTQ people can develop and maintain good mental health in the context of a positive sexual identity.  (United Kingdom)

The National Lesbian Health Organization: Mautner Project

The Mautner Project educates lesbians about their health and trains health care providers about their lesbian patients by providing tools and insight on how to achieve better health outcomes for lesbians.  This website provides lesbian health information for consumers and providers. (United States)


This website provides access to a large archive of health information related to the transgendered community. (United States)

Lesbian Health: Tip Sheet for Health Care Providers

This Health Canada link provides steps to help health care providers improve care for lesbian and bisexual women patients. This tip sheet was designed to raise awareness about the health needs of lesbian and bisexual women and improve their access to quality health care. (Canada)

Caring for Lesbian Health: A Resource for Health Care Providers, Policy Makers and Planners

This guide was published by the Ministry of Health of British Columbia. It briefly reviews the legacy of homophobia within the health care system, identifies the unique health concerns of lesbian and bisexual women and provides information about what health care providers can do to help improve their access to quality health care. (British Columbia, Canada)

U.S Department of Health and Human Services: Lesbian Health

This website provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding lesbian health. (United States)

Health Care Screening for Men who Have Sex with Men

This peer reviewed article from American Family Physician offers helpful suggestions to family physicians for improving quality of care to men who have sex with men. (United States)

The SafeGuards Project & LGBTQ Health Resource Center

The mission of The SafeGuards Project & LGBTQ Health Resource Center is to enhance the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and communities through community based participatory research, collaborative programs and advocacy.  This site has online articles directed towards patients, providers and communities and also provides an archive of health issues affecting the LGBTQ community that can be accessed under "Library." (United States)

Halifax Rainbow Health Project: Inclusion Program Assessment Tool Guidelines

The Halifax Rainbow Health (HRH) Project, funded through the Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition created these guidelines for health service agencies and providers who want to ensure that they are welcoming and accessible to members of the Rainbow community. This resource provides recommendations to agencies and providers on how they can better serve the Rainbow community. An informal assessment tool is provided to help providers and health care organizations assess and improve access and quality of care to the Rainbow Community. (Nova Scotia, Canada)

The National Coalition of LGBTQ Health

The National Coalition of LGBTQ Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities through public education, coalition building and advocacy that focus on research, policy, education and training. Their site offers health information and links to resources and research pertaining to LGBTQ health issues. (United States)


YouthResource is created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. YouthResource provides information and offers support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. This website provides culturally relevant health information for LGBTQ young people. (United States)

LGBTQ Meds Canada

LGBTQ Meds Canada is a national professional organization dedicated to addressing the issues and concerns of LGBTQ medical students and physicians in Canada. (Canada)

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) Health Access Project

This site contains training information, technical assistance and materials for health care organizations to help service providers learn more about the health care needs of LGBTQ populations and create welcoming environments for staff and clients. (United States)


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