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Finding LGBT-Friendly Care

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En español | Respect is important when caring for a loved one who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). You should openly discuss any concerns you or your loved one may have before arranging for professional care.

See also. Senior-care providers face more LGBT clients.

Whoever is providing the care must use — respectfully — the language that your loved one has chosen to use. If your loved one refers to a same-sex partner as a wife or husband, the caregivers should do the same.

Finding gay-friendly care providers may take some research. If you find doing this research uncomfortable, delegate it to someone you trust.

Resources for LGBT-friendly care

Next: Other LGBT resources.»

Other resources

LGBT Aging Project
Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization
Aging in Equity
The National Coalition for LGBT Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health

Resources for health care providers familiar with transgender issues

A useful primer about transgender people and gender identity from the American Psychological Association

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health has established Standards of Care for the treatment of gender identity disorders. It also has a "find a provider"

The Transgender Law Center has a guide for health care providers: 10 Tips for Working With Transgender Individuals

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