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Glossary of LGBT Terms for Health Care Teams

Resource Topic: Special and Vulnerable Populations

Year Developed: n.a.

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: Clinicians

Language: English

Developed by: The National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute (See other resources developed by this organization.)

Resource Summary: In this glossary, you will find some of the terms most relevant to the health care of LGBT people.

Resource Details: Language is powerful and influences many of our interactions. As a health care provider, becoming familiar with terms used by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities can help you provide these patients with the highest quality care. In this glossary, you will find some of the terms most relevant to the health care of LGBT people. This glossary does not have every term used by the community, but you will find terms most commonly used when patients are accessing health care. It is important to keep in mind that language can change over time, and so this glossary will be update periodically to reflect those changes.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.