Respecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) shows the organization’s commitment to speaking out against discrimination and social justice exclusion, based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Five to ten percent of Ontario’s population self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer, or questioning (LGBTTTIQQ). Those who are members of sexual or gender minority communities routinely experience threats to their health and well-being because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Discrimination threatens health through violence and social exclusion, health care, quality work environments.
This document provides evidence to support RNAO’s recommendations on supporting human rights and health equity; client-centred, inclusive, and appropriate health care; and quality work environments.