The health care needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) have received
significant attention from policymakers in the last several years. Recent reports from the Institute of Medicine, Healthy People 2020, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have all highlighted the need for such long-overdue attention. The health care disparities that affect this population are closely tied to sexual and social stigma.
This article explores LGBT health issues and health care disparities, and offers recommendations for best practices based on current evidence and standards of care.