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LGBTQ+ Terms, Disparities and Pronouns Guide

Terms & Pronouns

For current students: Medscope now offers a spot to add your pronouns to your name. Go to your profile, choose “general” and then ”edit” under your name to add.

LGBTQ+ Health Disparities

According to the National Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:

  • LGBT youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide.
  • Lesbians are less likely to get preventive services for cancer.
  • Gay men are at higher risk of HIV and other STDs, especially among communities of color.
  • Transgender individuals have a high prevalence of HIV/STDs, victimization, mental health issues, and suicide and are less likely to have health insurance than heterosexual or LGB individuals.
  • Elderly LGBT individuals face additional barriers to health because of isolation and a lack of social services and culturally competent providers.
  • LGBT populations have the highest rates of tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.