For Providers

Coming out to a healthcare provider has positive effects on health. In one survey of lesbian women in Portland Oregon, respondents who were ’out’ to their provider were more likely to have had a Pap smear and to currently be a non-smoker.*

A healthy community benefits us all.  Becoming a welcoming provider can also have positive effects for your practice and your community.  It can also

  • Increase word of mouth referrals
  • Foster better communication with your patients that can result in more accurate diagnosis and care.
  • Increased patient compliance.
  • Greater patient satisfaction.

What can you do?

Be aware of health issues that may impact LGBT people differently. 

Show your commitment to providing care to all in our community.

  • Display symbols that communicate that you care about LGBT patients. 
  • Post your office non-discrimination policy. 
  • Provide waiting room magazines and pamphlets that cater to a wide range of individuals and interests, including LGBT people.
  • Conduct an Inclusion Audit of your office or facility.
  • Learn more about ways to make your office more open and inclusive to LGBT people with the new guide Straight for Equality in Healthcare by PFLAG.

Get additional info or training if you need it.

Planned Parenthood provides trainings on topics of interest to providers.  We can also suggest additional resources about health care and LGBT people.  Some online resources include:

You're a piece of the puzzle!  Healthy people make healthy communities.  Let LGBT people know you care about their health!


*White JC, Dull VT. Room for Improvement: Communication between Lesbians and Primary Care Providers. In Ponticelli CM, Ed. Gateways to Improving Lesbian Health and Health Care: Opening Doors. 1998. The Haworth Press, Inc. Binghamton, NY. pp. 95-110.



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Request a "We Welcome You" Kit

Providers - request a free kit!
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Out for Health's LGBT Inclusion Audit

Do LGBT people find your office or facility welcoming? Conduct an Inclusion Audit and find out!
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Additional Resources

More PDFs. links, and provider resources
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Professional Organizations

A variety of medical organizations that center on the care of LGBT people, as well as professional organizations for LGBT people themselves working in the health professions.
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Terminology Reference

Words matter!  What words to use, and when to use them. 
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Pivotal studies, organizations, and journals about LGBT health.