According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people face health inequities that often lead to poorer health outcomes compared to heterosexual people. Some of these inequities include stigma, a lack of healthcare access, and difficulty finding doctors who are well-educated in LGBTQ health issues.

If you belong to the LGBTQ community, you may have encountered some of these challenges in your healthcare journey and may, yourself, be seeking a comprehensive education on common LGBTQ health issues. CIRCLE CARE Center is here to help you.

Here are a few ways that you can proactively learn more about common health issues related to you:

LGBTQ Organizations

Firstly, you can contact or join an LGBTQ organization specializing in health issues. For instance, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) is a premier association of LGBT medical providers. They support both providers and patients, aiming to spread awareness about LGBT health issues and promote a more inclusive health system. On their website, you can search for a health professional who you can trust. In addition, the National LGBT Health Education Center, a program of the Fenway Institute, also offers extensive educational resources and training to health organizations. Many of their publications are available for free on their website.

LGBTQ-positive Counseling/Therapy

You can also seek out a therapist or counselor who specializes in LGBTQ issues. For instance, the GLMA provider directory will allow you to search for a trusted therapist. Additionally, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers resources for LGBT people, since this community faces significant risk for depression, suicide, substance abuse, and other mental health issues. Your local NAMI chapter may also provide information and referrals to LGBTQ-inclusive providers.

Join an LGBTQ Club or Support Group

When it comes to your health, it’s crucial to maintain an LGBTQ-positive social network that understands what you are going through and can help you process any feelings you have about your experiences. Joining an LGBTQ organization is a great way to make these connections. For instance, PFLAG is a national organization with 400 chapters across the country. Search for a local chapter and join to meet local LGBTQ folks and supportive allies. In no time, you will meet people who can give you valuable referrals to informational resources and health providers in your area.

Get the Information You Need Today

If you belong to the LGBTQ community, you don't have to navigate difficult health questions by yourself. CIRCLE CARE Center provides exemplary health services in the fields of primary care, transgender health, sexual health, HIV/AIDS treatment, and mental health. Contact us today at (203) 852-9525 to get immediate support for all of your questions related to LGBTQ health issues.