LGBTQ individuals face many challenges to an equitable health care environment. According to a study by the Center for American Progress, 8 percent of LGBTQ respondents have delayed or foregone medical care because of concerns of discrimination in healthcare settings. Twenty-three percent of transgender respondents indicated that they did not seek care they needed because of concern about mistreatment based on gender identity.
LGBTQ students, staff, and employees in health professional schools may also be fearful of biased treatment. Approximately 17 percent of LGBTQ medical students have reported hostile environments and 15 percent reported being aware of the mistreatment of LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ individuals and embraces work, training, and health care environments free from abuse, harassment, and discrimination.
Fostering institutional climate and visibility will ensure that LGBTQ faculty, students, staff, and patients feel fully welcomed and accepted at Penn.