LGBT individuals face many challenges to an equitable health care environment. It is estimated that 73 percent of transgender patients and 29 percent of LGB patients believed medical personnel would treat them differently if they disclosed their LGBT status.
LGBT students, staff, and employees in health professional schools may also be fearful of biased treatment. Approximately 17 percent of LGBT medical students have reported hostile environments and 15 percent reported being aware of the mistreatment of LGBT students.
Fear and stress caused by a hostile environment negatively impacts patient care and the quality of work and education. Penn respects the need of LGBT individuals and embraces work, training, and health care environments free from abuse, harassment, and discrimination.
Fostering institutional climate and visibility will ensure that LGBT faculty, students, staff, and patients feel fully welcomed and accepted at Penn.