Healthy People 2010: Companion Document for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health
Healthy People 2010 is the prevention agenda for the Nation. It is designed to achieve two overarching goals: increase quality and years of healthy life, and eliminate health disparities. These two goals are supported by 467 specific objectives in 28 focus areas. However, Federal program planners and health care policymakers recognize that not all population groups share the same health status or have equal access to quality health care and related services. Research indicates that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations, in addition to having the same basic health needs as the general population, have health disparities related to sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT populations have been among those for whom little or no national-level health data exist. This Healthy People 2010 Companion Document contains most of the existing quantitative and qualitative research and information specific to LGBT health in defined areas and discusses the overall health status of LGBT people. The authors also consider barriers to care for LGBT people and recommend changes that will facilitate success in removing them.