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LGBTQIA+ Health Resources

Use this guide to help research health topics related to the LGBTQIA+ Community.

Statement of Purpose

This resource guide is intended for the primary audience of:

  1. Researchers, students, faculty, and health providers engaged in direct research, community interaction, and clinical services

From two perspectives:

  1. Health care professionals and caregivers
  2. Researchers and educators

Serving the Health Needs of LGBTQIA+ Persons

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Those that identify within the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Plus) community come from varied and diverse backgrounds and experiences. It is important to not make assumptions about the needs of these community members and grasp the concept of intersectionality.

Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality and it is vital for understanding  “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.”*

Above all, providers within and outside these communities should exercise cultural humility. "Cultural humility involves the ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other oriented in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the other person, the ability to recognize the context in which interactions occur, and a commitment to redress power imbalances and other structural issues to benefit all parties" (Hurley, D. A., Kostelecky, S. R., & Townsend, L., 2019).

*Definition of Intersectionality

Assistant Professor, Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian

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