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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender People and Diabetes

Some LGBT people lack access to diabetes care for the following reasons:

  1. The healthcare environment is heterocentric and gender-normative.
  2. Providers lack knowledge about health disparities affecting LGBT people.
  3. LGBT individuals experience hostility and discrimination in care.
  4. Concerns about homophobia and transphobia keep LGBT individuals from using healthcare services.
  5. Voluntary training does not reach all staff.
  6. Medical forms do not reflect patient diversity.
  7. Topics related to LGBT health are under-researched.

Some excellent resources on the topic:

  • Theresa L. Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE "Providing Culturally Sensitive Diabetes Care and Education for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community," Diabetes Spectrum July 1, 2010 vol. 23 no. 3 178-182
  • Gay & Lesbian Medical Association. "Guidelines for Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients"
  • Anita Radix, MD, MPhil, MPH, and Gal Mayer, MD, MS " Barriers to access to care"/LGBT Health, Sept. 13, 2011
  • Movement Advancement Project, Services and Advocacy for Gaby, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders, Center for American Progress "LGBT Older Adults and Health Disparities", September 2010
  • Public Advocate for the City of New York, "Improving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Access to Healthcare at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Facilities" December 2008