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.
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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.
Learn more on the National Academies Press website
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.
Learn more at the Fenway Institute's LGBT Population Center website
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.
View the report on the American Journal of Public Health website
How to gather data on sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings
Outlines methods for gathering sexual orientation and gender identity from patients.
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