It’s important for all individuals, including those who identify as LGBTI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and others), to have access to quality healthcare from providers who are understanding, supportive, and respectful of their unique needs and experiences. Here are a few tips for finding a gay-friendly doctor near you:
- Ask for recommendations from other members of the LGBTI+ community, such as friends, family, or support groups.
- Look for providers who are members of organizations that support LGBTI+ healthcare, such as the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).
- Search online directories of LGBTI+-friendly healthcare providers, such as the Human Rights Campaign’s “Healthcare Equality Index” or the GLMA’s “Provider Directory.”
- Contact local LGBTI+ community centers or health clinics for recommendations.
- When making an appointment, consider asking the provider or their office staff about their views on and experiences with caring for LGBTI+ patients.
It’s also important to remember that all healthcare providers, regardless of their personal beliefs, are legally required to treat all patients with dignity and respect and to provide them with the care they need. If you experience discrimination or mistreatment while seeking healthcare, you may want to consider reporting it to the appropriate authorities or organizations, such as the Office of Civil Rights or the GLMA.