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NNLM Reading Club: LGBTQ Health

LGBTQ Health

The LGBTQ community confronts unique health challenges and shares a common need for culturally competent care that recognizes and responds to specific medical risks. Reduce the stigma and discrimination often associated with sexual orientation or gender identity by celebrating Pride Month with an NNLM Reading Club book selection.

Diversity in Research

By studying data from a diverse group of people, researchers can learn what makes people sick or keeps them healthy, which can lead to better treatment and disease prevention for all of us.

Visit JoinAllofUs.org to learn more about the program and why the research is important to the LGBTQ community.


MedlinePlus logo

MedlinePlus is a good starting point for finding trustworthy health information. Search Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Health topics both in English and Spanish.

There's an NIH for that...and more

To supplement any health education program or event, use trustworthy resources from the National Library of Medicine, affiliated government agencies, and non-profit associations. These resources are free to share. Follow instructions to download or to order books, Infographics, and fact sheets.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a comprehensive resource for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health information.

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GMLA) is a national organization committed to health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments.

National LGBT Health Education Center, a program of the Fenway Institute, provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

The American Psychological Association (APA) can provide answers to questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. Fact sheets are available for PDF download in multiple languages.

Social Media

NNLM provides resources for public libraries that align with National Health Observances. Find LGBTQ Pride Month Electronic Bulletin Slides and Social Media Promotional Materials from the National Health Observances website.

LGBTQ Health Care

A Healthy People 2020 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health report revealed a shortage of health care providers knowledgeable in LGBT health. It recommended that medical schools increase student training for appropriate care and cultural understanding of LGBTQ health and wellness concerns.


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Hands waving rainbow flags Get ready to celebrate and learn!

Order a poster and bookmark set from the American Library Association featuring the vibrant art of Kristyna Litten, illustrator of This Day in June, a winner of the 2015 Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and a Top Ten Rainbow List Title.

Book cover of children playing Then read the children's book that teaches respect, acceptance, and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Included is a reading guide with facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways.

This Day in June | Gayle E Pitman, PhD | Magination Press | 2014 | 32 pages | ISBN: 978-1433816598

Incorporate LGBTQ materials into your library programming. The LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum references K-12 educational resources, lesson plans, and children's books to foster respectful behavior, critical thinking, and social justice through exploration and discovery of LGBTQ people, history, and culture.

Book Cover with Trans+ spelled verticallyTRANS+ is a guide for teens who are transgender, non-binary, gender-nonconforming, gender-fluid, queer, or questioning their sexual and gender identity. It answers both easy and hard questions about gender and covers mental health, physical health, reproduction, transitioning, relationships, sex, and life as a queer individual. Young Adult Ages 15-18

Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You | Karen Rayne PhD and Kathryn Gonzales MBA | Magination Press | 2019 | 304 pages | ISBN: 978-1433829833

Book cover with photos of individuals, couples, and families
Microaggressions are interactions that occur in a wide variety of social settings, including school or the workplace, among friends and family, and even among other LGBT people. These accumulated experiences are associated with feelings of victimization, suicidal thinking, and higher rates of substance abuse, depression, and other health problems among members of the LGBT community. Case examples make the book, That's So Gay!, ideal for discussion. Each case is followed by an analysis of the elements involved in microaggressions and questions for the reader to reflect upon.

That's So Gay!: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community | Kevin L Nadal PhD | American Psychological Association | 2013 | 220 pages | ISBN: 978-143381280

Book cover with photos of older adultsThe Lives of LGBT Older Adults uses a life course perspective to investigate how LGBT older adults have been shaped by social stigma and systematic discrimination. Although many of their experiences are similar to those of younger LGBT individuals, LGBT elders grew up in a particularly oppressive time, which continues to impact their well-being. However, these individuals have also developed coping mechanisms to adapt to stigma, discrimination, and the challenges of aging.

The Lives of LGBT Older Adults: Understanding Challenges and Resilience | Nancy A Orel PhD and Christine A Fruhaurf PhD | American Psychological Association | 2015 | 241 pages | ISBN: 978-1433817632

Library Skills Training

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) provides in-person and online instruction. Webinars often are recorded for future viewing. Check the NNLM Training page for a complete list of programs and schedules.