LGBTQ Health: General Resources

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) people have many of the same health concerns that are shared widely by others.

Like everyone, people have health concerns and risks resulting from their own personal behaviors, inherited health risks, and a variety of other factors, including social determinants of health.

The following resources are intended to increase awareness of health and other general resources for LGBTQ people.

Advocacy

Advocates for Youth: LGBTQ Health and Rights
National organization that supports young people as they fight for sexual health, rights and justice.

Fair Wisconsin
Wisconsin advocacy organization focused on LGBT civil rights.

National Coalition for LGBT Health
National organization that works to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research.

National LGBTQ Task Force
National organization that trains and mobilizes activists across the country around LGBTQ rights.

Aging

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
A technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender older adults.

SAGE (Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders)
National advocacy organization that provides services and advocates for LGBT elders.

Cancer

Cancer Facts for Gay and Bisexual Men - American Cancer Society
Information on cancer for gay and bisexual men.

Cancer Facts for Lesbian and Bisexual Women - American Cancer Society
Information on cancer for lesbian and bisexual women.

LGBT Best and Promising Practices throughout the Cancer Continuum – LGBT HealthLink
Best and promising practices for LGBT people throughout the stages of the cancer continuum.

National LGBT Cancer Network
National organization that educates the LGBT community about cancer risks, provides cultural competency training for health care providers, and advocates for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations.

National LGBT Cancer Project
National LGBT cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit organization.

Health: General Resources

Gay and Bisexual Men's Health - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Health information for gay and bisexual men.

Howard Brown Health
Chicago-based health centers focused on LGBTQ primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives.

Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health - CDC
Health information for lesbian and bisexual women.

LGBT HealthLink
A community-based network of experts who aim to decrease LGBT health disparities in the U.S.

Top 10 Things Lesbians Should Discuss with Their Healthcare Provider - GLMA
Recommended health issues for lesbians to discuss with their doctor.

LGBTQ Centers in Wisconsin

The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection
Nonprofit organization in La Crosse that provides services, a safe social space, and advocacy for the LGBTQ community.

Diverse & Resilient, Appleton and Milwaukee
Organization with offices in Appleton and Milwaukee focused on anti-violence, cultivating leaders, sexual health, and substance use.

LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin, Racine
Organization in Racine that provides support groups, training, and other resources.

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Milwaukee
Organization in Milwaukee focused on anti-violence, healthy relationships, counseling, and youth and elder adult programming.

OutReach LGBT Community Center, Madison
Organization in Madison focused on community building, health and human services, and economic, social, and racial justice advocacy.

Mental Health

Mental Health: Gay and Bisexual Men – CDC
Information on mental health for gay and bisexual men.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: LGBTQ+ resources
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the U.S.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
24/7 helpline offering information and treatment referral for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Suicide and Violence Prevention: Gay and Bisexual Men - CDC
Information on suicide and violence prevention among gay and bisexual men.

The Trevor Project
National organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

PRISM Program
PRISM connects LGBTQ+ youth with trained peer-specialists to provide free emotional and mental health support and mentorship.

Safety/Anti-Violence

LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence – RAINN
Information for LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence.

Room to be Safe – Diverse and Resilient
Anti-violence program that serves survivors through counseling and advocacy, information and referral, safety planning, and support for LGBTQ communities in Wisconsin.

Sexual Health

Brady East Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, Milwaukee, WI
Clinic in Milwaukee that provides free sexual health care to men with a focus on men who have sex with men.

HIV/AIDS: Gay and Bisexual Men - CDC
Information on HIV for gay and bisexual men.

HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Gay Men - TheBody
Basic information, personal stories, and thoughtful perspectives on HIV for gay men.

HIV PrEP – Wisconsin HIV Program, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Information about and resources for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention.

HPV & Men Fact Sheet - CDC
Information on HPV for men.

STDs: Gay and Bisexual Men - CDC
Information on STDs for gay and bisexual men.

Syphilis among MSM – CDC
Fact sheet and information on syphilis for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

Vivent Health, Wisconsin (formerly ARCW in Wisconsin)
Organization with offices around Wisconsin that provide HIV testing, prevention, and care services.

Wisconsin HIV Program - Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Information about HIV and Wisconsin resources and data on HIV.

Substance Use and Tobacco

The Galano Recovery Club
Organization in West Allis, Wisconsin, that provides 12-step recovery programs and meetings.

LGBT Substance Abuse Treatment Programs – Recovery Connection
Confidential helpline services that assist individuals in need of finding an LGBT-friendly alcohol and drug rehab facility.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Gay and Bisexual Men - CDC
Information on smoking and tobacco use for gay and bisexual men.

Substance Use: Gay and Bisexual Men – CDC
Information on substance use among gay and bisexual men.

Substance Use and SUDs in LGBTQ Populations - National Institute of Drug Abuse
Information on substance use within the LGBTQ population.

This Free Life
National campaign that works to prevent and reduce tobacco use among young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).

Tips from Former Smokers: LGBT community - CDC
Real stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who are suffering from smoking-related diseases and disabilities.

Support/Social

OutReach LGBT Community Center
Community center in Madison that hosts LGBTQ social and support groups.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
National organization, with chapters in Wisconsin, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.

Resources for Families – GSAFE
Resources for families supporting LGBTQ+ youth.

PRISM Program
PRISM connects LGBTQ+ youth with trained peer-specialists to provide free emotional and mental health support and mentorship.

Viral Hepatitis

Viral Hepatitis: Gay and Bisexual Men – CDC
Information on viral hepatitis for gay and bisexual men.

Youth

Advocates for Youth: LGBTQ Health and Rights
National organization that supports young people as they fight for sexual health, rights and justice.

Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools
Resources to create just schools for LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin.

Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents – Child Welfare Information Gateway
Guide for foster parents supporting LGBTQ youth.

This Free Life
National campaign that works to prevent and reduce tobacco use among young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).

The Trevor Project
National organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Youth Guide – Leadership & Wellness for All Youth
Blog that provides guidance for LGBTQ youth.

PRISM Program
PRISM connects LGBTQ+ youth with trained peer-specialists to provide free emotional and mental health support and mentorship.

Last Revised: March 11, 2021