Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
The 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
In the news...
Wisconsin Health Care
Facilities Designated as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality
The Healthcare Equality Index is an annual survey
conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the
educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The HRC
is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve
equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
A health care organization is recognized as a Leader in
LGBT Healthcare Equality if it meets Healthcare Equality
Index criteria, including non-discrimination policies for
LGBT patients and employees, equal visitation for same-sex
partners and parents, and LGBT health education for staff
In 2013, the following health care facilities in
Wisconsin were among the 464 agencies in the U.S. named as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality:
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin,
American Family Children's Hospital, Madison
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Madison
VA William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison
VA Tomah Medical Center, Tomah
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index,
http://www.hrc.org/hei (Exit DHS).
State Department of Health Includes LGBT-Inclusive Questions
in Statewide Medicaid Assessment Tool
The New York State Department of Health has integrated
questions on sexual orientation and gender identity into its
new Uniform Assessment System for New York, which will be used
throughout the state’s network of Medicaid community-based
long-term care services and programs. See more at:
www.sageusa.org (Exit DHS).
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This website is
designed to increase knowledge about LGBT health disparities and
LGBT health resources in Wisconsin.
December 08, 2013