Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health

Collage depecting good health practices

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 these issues.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National HIV Prevention Campaign

The campaign Start Talking. Stop HIV. promotes open communication about HIV prevention strategies among gay and bisexual men. The campaign includes a range of media formats available for prevention education and promotion efforts. For more information, visit the Start Talking. Stop HIV campaign.

HIV - Start Talking

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.

Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children (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

CDC Web Advisory

Last Revised: November 20, 2015