While the LGBTQ community is experiencing more social acceptance, individuals within this community still deal with stigma and discrimination. This situation often results in negative experiences with healthcare providers. Many individuals choose not share their sexual orientation with their providers, even though it is an important piece for their health care. Some people in the LGBTQ community have been subjected to therapies that have added to their hesitation and distrust in healthcare.
The stress felt by members of this community has been linked to several health disparities. The LGBTQ community tends to experience higher rates of HIV and other STIs. There are higher rates of substance abuse, smoking, depression, violence victimization and unhealthy weight control and many are less likely to participate in preventative care, such as mammograms and pap smear screenings.
There is a push for healthcare settings to become more educated on LGBTQ issues, and how to address them. If you are a member of this community, there are places at The University of Tulsa and in Tulsa that will advocate for you and help you get the care you need. A few are listed below.
Alexander Health Center
Appointments available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4 St. Tulsa, OK 74119
Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq)
PO Box 2687 Tulsa, OK 74101
Health Outreach Prevention Education, Inc. (H.O.P.E.)
205 E. Pine St. Suite 5 Tulsa, OK 74106