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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

Collage of LGBT persons, educator, and service providerThe lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is made up of people from diverse backgrounds, and its members vary by race, ethnicity, age, income, and education. For some, their sexual orientation or gender identity is central to their self-concept, while for others, this is not the case. Despite differences among LGBT people, one experience many share is encountering stigma or discrimination. This social inequality is often associated with poorer health status.

Evidence indicates that Wisconsin's LGBT youth and adults experience greater adverse health outcomes with regard to alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, safety and violence, mental health, and HIV/AIDS when compared to their non-LGBT peers.

In order to create a health promoting environment and to reduce health inequities, LGBT persons must have access to culturally competent medical treatment and prevention services and must be included in public health outreach programs. The first step toward accomplishing this goal is to make the LGBT community, service providers, educators, and the broader public aware of health issues affecting LGBT people and to make resources available to address these issues.
 

Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Baseline and Health Disparities Report
This new report provides baseline data for the health focus areas in Healthiest Wisconsin 2020. It also provides information to document a range of health disparities found for some of the populations and communities in Wisconsin. Of particular interest is baseline data for the health focus area of reproductive and sexual health and data summaries for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations.


Resource for Service Providers to Help Prevent Suicide, Homelessness, HIV & Other Serious Outcomes for LGBT Youth

Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children (exit DHS; PDF, 1.4 MB)
Description: Clinician's guide designed to help health, mental health and social service practitioners implement best practices in family-focused prevention and care for LGBT youth.
Resource availability: Internet


Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents (PDF, 400 KB)
Description: Guide for foster parents learn about LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks LGBTQ youth face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks.
Resource availability: Internet
 

Gay & Bisexual Men

Lesbian & Bisexual Women

Transgender Persons

LGBT Youth LGBT Older Persons Educators Service Providers

This website is designed to increase knowledge about LGBT health disparities and LGBT health resources in Wisconsin.

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Last Revised February 25, 2014