Healthcare for LGBT individuals Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion of how the healthcare service can be more welcoming to members of the gay communities.
# 146086 | 1,302 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The objective of this work is to address how encounters with healthcare professionals can be very uncomfortable for gay/lesbian clients and to describe how a healthcare environmental could be made to be more welcoming for members of this community. Additionally this work describes why there is so much controversy regarding gay/lesbians serving in the military and gay marriage. Finally this work discusses the state of Florida's stance in not allowing gay/lesbians to adopt children and what the role of nursing or healthcare should be in addressing this issue.

Improving the Healthcare Environment for LGBT Individuals
LGBT Individuals in the Military
LGBT Parents in the State of Florida
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

''It was reported in The New York Times on November 25, 2008, in the article entitled: "Florida Gay Adoption Ban is Ruled Unconstitutional" that Judge Cindy S. Lederman of the Miami-Dade Circuit Court ruled in a 53-page decision that this law "violated equal protection rights for children and their prospective parents" and that the "best interests of children are not preserved by prohibiting homosexual adoption..." (Almanzar, 2008) Florida is presently the only state in the United States that prohibits gay men and lesbian - couples and individuals from adopting children." (Almanzar, 2008) Judge Lederman stated that it is clear "that sexual orientation is not a predictor of a person's ability to parent." (Almanzar, 2008) Robert Rosenwald, director of the LGBT advocacy project of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida stated "The court for the first time after hearing all of the evidence determined that the scientific evidence is crystal clear," he said. "There is no dispute that children raised by gay parents fare just as well or better than children raised by straight parents." (Almanzar, 2008)
''It is related that hospitals across the United States have participated in a program that is related in the work entitled: "Healthcare Equality Index: Creating a National Standard for Equal Treatment of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Patients and Their Families" (2008). This project was headed by the Gays and Lesbian Medical Association (GMLA) and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and is a campaign that addressed patient non-discrimination policies, hospital visitation and decision-making policies, cultural competency and diversity policy and services and employment policies of hospitals relating to LGBT individuals. The focus of this specific program was to ensure that hospitals and health care providers are responsive to the needs of LGBT individuals in their provision of health care services.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Almanzar, Yolanne (2008) Florida Gay Adoption Ban is Ruled Unconstitutional. 25 Nov 2008. The New York Times. Online available at:
  • Browne, Daniel et al (2008) Improving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Access to Healthcare at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Facilities. Office of the New York City Public Advocate. 2008 December. Online available at:
  • Healthcare Quality Index: Creating a National Standard for Equal Treatment of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Patients and Their Families (2008) Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GMLA) and Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Report available online at:
  • Hughes, T. L. (2005). Alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among lesbians and gay men. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 2005, 23, 283-325.
  • Hutchinson, M. K., Thompson, A. C., & Cederbaum, J. A. (2006). Multisystem factors contributing to disparities in preventive health care among lesbian women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 35(3), 393-402.

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"Healthcare for LGBT individuals" 15 December 2010. Web. 29 September. 2022. <>