Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health

LGBT Health Resources

For Patients

LGBT health resources for health professional schools and students, health care providers, and researchers.

For Patients
  •  LGBTQ Student Resources & Support

    LGBTQ Student Resources & Support

    An expert-driven guide to creating a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ students, parents and teachers. Highlights include:

    • Common hardships faced by LGBTQ college students and how to deal with them
    • Scholarships available for LGBTQ students
    • Interviews with our two experts, and an array of external support resources

  • The Trevor Lifeline

    The Trevor Lifeline

    If you are a young person who is in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call The Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386.

  • The GLBT National Help Center

    The GLBT National Help Center

    If you feel the need to talk to a caring and understanding individual about the important issues of your life, call the GLBT National Help Center at 1-888 -843-4564.

  • The Trans Lifeline

    The Trans Lifeline

    If you are a transgender person feeling suicidal or in need, Transline can help and connect you with services. Call 877-565-8860

  • The Gender Clinic at CHOP

    The Gender Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania

    The Gender Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is part of Adolescent Specialty Care located at 3550 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

    The multidisciplinary team including an adolescent medicine specialist, endocrinologist, and mental health therapist/gender specialist provides assessment, medical management and other support for gender-variant or transgender children and adolescents. Please call 215-590-3537 to schedule an appointment and visit the their website for more information about adolescent medicine at CHOP.

  • Supportive Families, Healthy Children

    Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Children

    Provides an overview of LGBT adolescent health and how families can support their LGBT children and protect them from health and mental health problems.

    Download the Supportive Families, Healthy Children overview

  • Health Care Isn't Caring

    Lambda Legal: Tools for Protecting Your Healthcare Wishes

    Gives advice and guidelines on how LGBT patients can protect their rights in healthcare settings.

    Download the guidelines

  • National Center for Lesbian Rights

    National Center for Lesbian Rights: Documents to Protect You and Your Family

    Provides information about essential documents that will help LGBT patients and their loved ones in the event of illness, disability, or death.

    Download the documents from the National Center for Lesbian Rights

  • National Center for Lesbian Rights

    Changing the Game: What Health Care Reform Means for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans

    Explains how the Affordable Care Act impacts and benefits the LGBT community.

    Download the document from the Center for American Progress website

  • National Center for Lesbian Rights

    Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information and Resource Kit

    Presents an overview of current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations.

    Download the overview from the SAMHSA website

  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer

    Living Beyond Breast Cancer

    A website dedicated to assisting and supporting LGBT people affected by breast cancer.

For Health Professional Schools and Students
  • GLMA

    GLMA: Recommendations for Enhancing the Climate of LGBT Students and Employees in Health Professional Schools

    Provides comprehensive recommendations to health professional schools on how to improve their climate for LGBT students, faculty and staff.

    Download the recommendations from the GLMA website

  • University of California

    University of California, San Francisco Core LGBT-Related Competencies for Medical School Students

    Outlines core competencies medical students should have regarding LGBT health.

    Download the AAFP recommended curriculum guidelines

  • LGBT DSD Educator Resources

    Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD: A Resource for Medical Educators

    Discusses how medical schools can integrate LGBT health content into medical education, with a focus on the role of institutional climates.

  • American Medical Student Association

    American Medical Student Association: Gender and Sexuality

    Information and resources to educate medical school students and residents about LGBT health needs.

  • American Nurses Association

    American Nurses Association: LGBT Individuals & Communities

    Resources to support nursing practice for LGBT individuals and communities.

  • American Dental Education Association

    American Dental Education Association Gay-Straight Alliance

    A resource for information, advocacy, and support for dental schools with a commitment to create more inclusive environments.

  • American Dental Education Association

    Creating a Welcoming Campus and Community for LGBTQ Students

    Provides resources, curricula, and student organizations to help alleviate some of the worries that LGBTQ students may have in their postsecondary education.

For Health Care Providers
  • Human Rights Campaign

    Human Rights Campaign – Health Equality Index

    A free online survey used by inpatient and outpatient healthcare organizations nationwide to strengthen the care they give LGBT patients.

    Download the survey

  • Health Care Isn't Caring

    When Health Care Isn't Caring: Lambda Legal's Survey of Discrimination Against LGBT People and People with HIV

    Examines refusal of care and barriers to health care among LGBT and HIV communities on a national scale.

    Download the survey

  • GLMA

    GLMA: Guidelines for Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients

    Simple ways for health care providers to make their practice environment more welcoming for LGBT patients.

    Download the GLMA guidelines

  • GLMA Webinar

    GLMA Webinar: Quality Healthcare for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People

    A series of YouTube webinars on understanding the health needs of LGBT patients.

    View the YouTube webinars

  • The Joint Commission

    The Joint Commission: Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community

    How to advance effective communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care specifically for the LGBT community.

    Download the Joint Commision's guide

  • The Fenway Institute

    The Fenway Institute: Affirmative Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People: Best Practices for Front-line Health Care Staff

    Tips and strategies for staff in health care environments to improve communication and create a more affirming environment for transgender patients.

    Download the tips and strategies document

  • A Practitioner's Resource Guide

    A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children

    Helps practitioners implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their LGBT children.

    Download the Practicioner's Resource Guide

  • Understanding and Eliminating
Health Disparities Guide

    Improving the Healthcare of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities

    Outlines LGBT health disparities and how providers and improve their care for LGBT patients.

    Download the Guide

  • Download the primer

    Engaging with men who have sex with men in the Clinical Setting

    Serves as a primer on information related to men who have sex with men (MSM) for physicians, nurses, and other health care providers delivering HIV and primary care services in diverse clinical settings.

    Download the primer

  • Download the guide

    National Resource Center on LGBT Aging: Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults: A Practical Guide for Creating Welcoming Agencies

    Helps service providers to understand the unique barriers that LGBT older adults face, as well as the many ways to improve and expand the continuum of care and services available.

    Download the Guide

  • American Medical Association

    American Medical Association – LGBT Resources

    Provides numerous resources to assist providers in LGBT patient care.

  • Creating Equal Access

    Creating Equal Access to Quality Healthcare for Transgender Patients

    Outline of transgender-affirming healthcare policies that ensure quality care for transgender patients.

    Download the policies

  • Healthy People 2020: LGBT

    Healthy People 2020: LGBT

    Provides information on how to improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

  • US Department of Health and Human Services: LGBT

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: LGBT

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended actions to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

For Researchers
  • Penn Medicine LGBT Logo

    Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Demographic Data

    This handout includes three sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) demographic questions that should be used in research and data collection at Penn, when appropriate. Utilization of these standardized demographic questions will improve our knowledge and understanding of the LGBT community and their health needs.

    Download recommended demographic questions

  • Institute of Medicine

    Institute of Medicine. The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People. Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

    Reports the state of the science on the health status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. Identifies research gaps and opportunities and outlines a research agenda to assist in LGBT health research efforts.

  • Center for Population Research in LGBT Health

    Center for Population Research in LGBT Health

    Develops and supports collaborative research and education programs to understand and improve the health of sexual and gender minorities.

  • American Journal of Public Health

    American Journal of Public Health: Twenty Years of Public Health Research: Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations

    A report on the field of public health research in LGBT issue.

  • Download the Guide

    How to gather data on sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings

    Outlines methods for gathering sexual orientation and gender identity from patients.

    Download the Guide

Local Philadelphia Resources
  • Mazzoni Center

    Mazzoni Center

    Mazzoni Center is the only health care provider in the Philadelphia region specifically targeting the unique health care needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, offering a full continuum of services staffed by dedicated, compassionate professionals.

  • William Way LGBT Community Center

    William Way LGBT Community Center

    Founded in 1976 as the Gay Community Center of Philadelphia, the William Way Community Center has a 35-year history of serving the LGBT community in the Philadelphia region. The William Way LGBT Community Center seeks to encourage, support, and advocate for the wellbeing and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities through service, recreational, educational, and cultural programming.

  • The Attic Youth Center

    The Attic Youth Center

    The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.

  • The LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI)

    The LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI)

    The LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) is committed to assuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have rights and opportunities to live vibrant, creative and mutually supportive lives. To achieve this vision, the mission of the LGBTEI is to foster and advocate for services and resources that are competent, culturally sensitive, inclusive and responsive to the needs of LGBT elders in the Delaware Valley and beyond.

  • Visit the Galaei website


    GALAEI maintains a strong commitment to being a community based organization dedicated to serving Latinidad through providing social services around HIV/AIDS and sexual health, organizing, networking, and referrals.

    Visit the Galaei website