This post recently appeared on Quora and garnered communal attention. As a LGBTQ+ educator and author, I cannot stress enough the importance of trusting your healthcare provider. It is crucial to be able to discuss health problems with your provider to ensure that no hidden issues are lingering in the background. But for that to happen, you must find someone you can trust.
Finding the Right Healthcare Provider as an LGBTQ+ Patient
The rainbow community faces healthcare discrimination regularly. This is why we must find healthcare providers who are not only LGBTQ-friendly and non-discriminatory, and trustworthy. Start by looking right in your backyard. You might be surprised to learn that a knowledgeable provider is in your neck of the woods.
Thanks to technology, one quick Google search will generate numerous online directories to search for LGBTQ-affirming providers. There you will also find reviews. Two such guides include OutCareHealth.org and LGBTQ+ Healthcare Directory.org.
- LGBTQ-Specific Training
What better way to build trust than knowing if the healthcare provider specializes in your area of need? The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association has specified training and guidelines to care for LGBTQ+ clients. So the next time you choose a provider, you may want to consider if they have taken training to educate themselves in affirming care for the LGBTQ+ community.
- Assess the Provider’s Attitude
The possibility of experiencing healthcare delivery that is less than pleasant is a valid concern and often a reason one may delay seeking healthcare. An unpleasant experience can happen to anyone, whether you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or not. The next time you visit a provider, follow these simple steps:
Ask questions regarding their previous experiences with LGBTQ+ patients.
Assess their questions and see if they know about LGBTQ+ issues.
Measure their level of comfort by assessing how they communicate with you.
Having a trustworthy primary care provider is reassuring and comforting. Locating one might warrant a search beyond your backyard, but you’ll certainly reach your destination if you practice due diligence. We affirm that healthcare providers are willing to provide the best care possible. We must search for them and trust that they have our best interests at heart.
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LGBTQ+ Healthcare Directory.org