Prim Care 2021 Jun 22;48(2):179-189. Epub 2021 Apr 22.
VA Boston Healthcare System, Harvard Medical School, 940 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02310, USA.
Gender and sexual minority individuals face considerable physical and mental health disparities, health risk factors, and barriers to care. These disparities are rooted in systemic and interpersonal prejudice, discrimination, and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other (LGBTQ+) individuals and communities that place LGBTQ+ individuals at increased risk for negative social determinants of health. While also advocating for systemic change, individual providers and clinics have an ethical duty to promote an openly affirming, culturally competent health care environment that can help to address these disparities on an individual patient level. Read More