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Student Healthcare Alliance for Promoting Equality (SHAPE)
SHAPE is a multi-purpose student organization that aims to spread awareness to both medical students and the medical community at large of the unique concerns regarding the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, allies, and asexual) community from the perspectives of both LGBTQA physicians and patients.

Training & Education

Communicating with LGBTQ Patients
Get to know the LGBTQ population using a series of free learning modules from the Fenway Institute.

Creating an LGBTQ-friendly Practice
Physicians who create an environment where all patients feel welcome can better meet their patients’ often complex health care needs.

National LGBT Health Education Center
Provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

Best Practices & Policy Statements

Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients (APA)
American Psychological Association (APA) practice guidelines for LGB clients.

Transgender Identity Issues in Psychology (APA)
American Psychological Association (APA) resources on transgender people and issues, including fact sheets, practice guidelines, ending conversion therapy, and other publications.

Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies
A publication that provides guidance to hospitals on best practices for care of transgender patients. The report is designed for all hospitals seeking to comply with legal and regulatory non-discrimination mandates and to align themselves with best practices in the field.

Policy and Position Statements on Conversion Therapy
Human Rights Campaign’s collection of policy and position statements on conversion therapy.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement: Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement on the support and care of transgender and gender-diverse children and adolescents.

American Medical Association’s (AMA) Policies on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Issues
The American Medical Association (AMA) supports the equal rights, privileges and freedom of all individuals and opposes discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, national origin or age.

American Psychological Association (APA) Policy Statements on LGBT Concerns
The American Psychological Association (APA) resources and publications on LGBT concerns.

Organizations & Indexes

Professional organization for medical professionals committed to advancing LGBTQ health equality. Provides an online search tool to find primary care providers, specialists, therapists, dentists and other health professionals in your area.

American Psychological Association Division 44: Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
The Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (SPSOGD) welcomes all those interested in psychological research, practice, education and training and advocacy on issues related to sexual orientation and gender diversity, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming and queer individuals and allies.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health.

Healthcare Equality Index
The national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. The HEI 2018 evaluates more than 1,600 healthcare facilities nationwide.