Studies in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and other health professions show a lack of training in the issues unique to LGBT patients. Even as recently as 2018, a study found that most medical, dental and nursing students did not report adequate preparation in LGBT health.
There are millions of Texans who identify as LGBT and thousands who identify as transgender. There is still significant discrimination against members of these populations—and significant health disparities.
We need to have increased awareness and education on LGBT health issues (also sometimes written as LGBTQI+ for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and others) across the health professions.
This knowledge gap bleeds over into practice. For example, medical intake forms are common in every provider’s office, but the language on these forms has typically been discriminatory toward the LGBT community.