Affirmative Clinical Practice with LGBTQ Patients: Creating a Welcoming and Comfortable Experience for All

Surveys suggest that 4.5% of American adults, and an even greater percentage of American youth, openly identify as LGBTQ. About one-sixth of LGBTQ adults say they have experienced healthcare discrimination. Unacknowledged implicit bias has detrimental impacts in our interactions in the clinic and the larger venues of our lives, even when we believe ourselves to be nondiscriminatory. Here are some ideas and guidelines for making your practice more welcoming and comfortable for everyone.