Here's the issue.

When it comes to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans, our nation’s health care system isn’t always so caring. The truth is that 56% of gay people and 70% of transgender people have had a horrible experience in care - including physical and verbal abuse, refusal of care, being blamed for their health status, and having health professionals refuse to touch them.

 

Real concerns. Real consequences.

Despite how qualified a doctor may be, negative experiences cause many gay and transgender Americans to doubt their provider’s willingness to care for them. In fact, nearly 1 in 10 gay Americans and over half of transgender Americans believe they will be refused care. And these concerns have real consequences. Nearly a third of gay and transgender adults will delay necessary care.

 

We can make a difference.

When gay and transgender Americans aren’t getting the care they need, when they’re more likely than their straight peers to smoke cigarettes or abuse alcohol, and twice as likely to experience psychological distress, we need to give a damn.

Imagine an America where your doctor knowing your gender identity and sexual orientation is as common as them knowing your blood type. Imagine if, from a young age, we could all have these conversations without hesitancy, opening doors to appropriate and affirming care. Because if we don’t have our health, what do we have?

 

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