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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Health Issues

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the overall health issues facing the LGBTQ community. The learner will state key terms and concepts relevant to providing culturally appropriate health care for LGBTQ individuals.
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals—often referred to under the umbrella acronym LGBTQ—are becoming more visible and acknowledged in societies both in the United States and throughout the world. Yet, because of the discrimination and stigma often associated with who LGBTQ people are, healthcare providers and researchers still do not have complete information about their health status. The LGBTQ community is often combined as a single group in research studies and for advocacy, but each is a distinct population with its own unique health needs.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the overall social and health concerns faced by LGBTQ individuals.
  • Identify key terms used to describe gender identity, gender orientation, and gender expression.
  • Discuss the basic theories about how gender identity is developed.
  • State some of the most common health issues facing the LGBTQ population.
  • States some of the key challenges, opportunities, and steps that can be taken by individuals, organizations, and nations to support enhanced LGBTQ health.

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have unique health experiences and needs, but as a nation, we do not know exactly what these experiences and needs are (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2011, p. 4).”

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals—often referred to under the umbrella acronym LGBTQ—are becoming more visible and acknowledged I many societies. Yet, healthcare providers and researchers are still faced with incomplete information about their health status. The LGBTQ community is often combined as a single group in research studies and for advocacy, but each is a distinct population with its own unique health needs. Increasingly, the “questioning” individual is included in this group and the acronym “LGBTQ” is increasingly being used (IOM, 2011).

For many individuals, the acronym LGBTQ describes a community of individuals who, in some way, are attracted to members of the same sex. However, the “T” in LGBTQ refers to a person’s sense of gender (“gender identity”) and not whom they are sexually attracted to (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2012). Others use the acronym TGNC, which stands for transgender and gender nonconforming people, to describe individuals who have a gender identity that does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth (American Psychological Association, 2015).

LGBTQ individuals encompass all races and ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic groups across the globe. Because sexual orientation and gender identity questions are not asked on most national or state surveys in the United States, it is difficult to estimate the number of LGBTQ individuals and their health needs (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion [ODPHP], 2017). However, the LGBTQ population most likely represents a relatively small proportion of the U.S. and global populations. This makes it labor intensive and costly to recruit a large enough sample in general population surveys for meaningful studies. Some estimates suggest that approximately 0.6% of the U. S. population (about 3 out of every 500 people) identify as transgender while approximately 3.5% of the population identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual (National LGBT Health Education Center, 2016).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

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  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
AOTA CEUs:

0.2

Practice Level:

Beginner/Introductory

Content Focus:

Domain of OT

Course Expires:

August 23, 2020

Instructor(s):
  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

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Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

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