Diversity & Health Equity Education

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trandsgender and Queer/Questioning

LGBTQ individuals are more than twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to have a mental health disorder in their lifetime. They are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance misuse compared with heterosexual individuals.

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Guides

Best Practice Highlights: Working with LGBTQ Patients

Learn more about working with LGBTQ patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Mental Health Facts for Bisexual Populations

Research shows that bisexual individuals are at increased risk of adverse health outcomes compared with monosexual individuals. A significant contributor is stress that is related to stigma and discrimination.1

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Mental Health Facts for Gay Populations

Gay men experience adverse mental health outcomes including mood disorders, substance use and suicide more frequently than heterosexual men. They also face additional barriers to accessing mental health treatment.

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Mental Health Facts on Questioning/Queer Populations

Like other minority groups, questioning and queer people are often misunderstood, overlooked, and underrepresented in the health care system and societal institutions.

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Mental Health Facts for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ)

LGBTQ individuals are more than twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to have a mental health disorder in their lifetime.

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Stress & Trauma Toolkit for Treating LGBTQ in a Changing Political and Social Environment

Violence against the LGBTQ community has increased over recent years. In 2017, anti-LGBTQ hate crimes rose 86% from 2016. LGBTQ people of color—particularly transgender people—are disproportionately affected by these hate-crimes.

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Toolkits

A Guide for Working With Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients

This introductory guide offers an array of topics that will be essential in understanding how to work with TGNC patients. It provides basic information to raise awareness of the needs of TGNC patients and how to incorporate gender-affirming care in psychiatric practices. This content is available for APA Members.

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Intimate Partner Violence: A Guide for Psychiatrists Treating LGBTQ IPV Survivors

LGBTQ IPV survivors face increased barriers to obtaining consistent access to culturally competent services. Without access to identity-affirming advocacy, intervention and other critical services, LGBTQ IPV survivors will continue to suffer from violence and adverse consequences of victimization.

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Stress & Trauma Toolkit for Treating LGBTQ in a Changing Political and Social Environment

APA Member-Only Content. Violence against the LGBTQ community has increased over recent years. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs's 2017 annual report showed anti-LGBTQ hate crimes rising 86% from 2016.

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