Nursing Resources on Caring for Patients who are LGBTQ+ 

Patients who are LGBTQ+ may have complex health needs and often experience health disparities. Affirming care is critical to ensuring patients receive culturally competent and clinically appropriate care. Use the resources below to provide the best care everywhere to all patients.

Affirming Care for LGBTQ+ Patients [Pocket Card]
Part of treating patients with dignity and respect is addressing patients by the appropriate name and pronouns. Continue to educate yourself to improve communication and patient care.

Transgender Health [Guideline Summary]
This guideline summary is based on the 2021 ACOG Committee Opinion on Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals and offers guidance on affirming and inclusive care, preventative care, and hormone therapy.

Let’s Make Humanity Stronger [Nursing Blog]
Care without judgement and best care everywhere. That’s what the nursing profession is about; we care for everyone and advocate for health equity, diversity, and inclusion for all people. The past several years have brought attention to the fact that as a country, we are still facing a divide where race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and health equity are concerned. Weekly, and sometimes daily, we see the division in the news, or we witness it firsthand. Where is our humanity? Keep reading…

Select Journal Articles

Differences in Health Care Access, Utilization, and Experiences Among LGBTQ+ Subgroups in the Southern United States
Family & Community Health, January/March 2023

Creating a Friendly Healthcare Environment for LGBTQIA+ Patients
Nursing2023, January 2023

LGBTQ+ Month: Caring for the Transgender Community
Nursing2022, June 2022
Inclusivity and Respect: Beyond Personal Pronouns
Advances in Neonatal Care, April 2022



Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health [CDC]