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Healthy Communities Require Healthy Individuals.

It is important to see a healthcare provider that you can trust and to get and stay healthy.

It can be hard to talk about our intimate life with anyone. To make sure we stay healthy, we need to help our health care providers help us by talking openly and honestly about our lives and who we are. Coming out is crucial to helping our health care providers help keep us healthy.  We need to come out to our providers about our sexual orientation or gender identity. We need to let them know when we are fighting depression, challenging substance use, and trying to manage our sexual health.

Knowledge is powerful tool in keeping us healthy. Below are six important topics that we all need to talk about with our health care providers.

Six important topics we all should talk about with our health care providers:

Adapted from the National Coalition for LGBT Health 2008 Health Awareness Week

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Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and National Coalition for LGBT Health Applaud Institute of Medicine Study on LGBT Health

The Institute of Medicine has recently released its long-awaited report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.

"At a time when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals—often referred to under the umbrella acronym LGBT—are becoming more visible in society and more socially acknowledged, clinicians and researchers are faced with incomplete information about their health status. While LGBT populations often are combined… more

Healthy People 2010

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health is emerging as a national health concern because of a growing body of evidence of health disparities experienced by LGBT people. Some agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are broadening their focus on populations who experience health disparities to include those defined by sexual orientation and gender identity. For the first time, the ten-year federal plan for improving the nation's health, called Healthy People 2010 (HP2010), includes sexual orientation in 29 health objectives. Concerned with the lack of knowledge about LGBT health among the general population of health care planners and providers, HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) awarded the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) a contract to gather experts from across the country to write a HP 2010 companion document on LGBT health.

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Same-Sex Marriage and Health

"A large body of scientific research indicates that the denial of marriage rights to gay men and lesbians can negatively impact their health and well being and that of their children."

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- GLMA Marriage Initiative
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

Ferre Institute is a community based-community supported non-profit organization devoted to quality services in genetics and reproductive health. Ferre Institute provides professional education to medical providers, counselors, and other human services personnel. Individual counseling and education are also provided to patients of all ages in the Genetic Counseling, Family Building, and Prenatal Risk Programs.