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LGBTQ+ Health

It can be hard to find health information specific to LGBTQ+, especially since so much of what we know about health is based on cisgender, heterosexual people, and heteronormative lifestyles. Not all health and service providers are up to date on issues that matter for LGBTQ+ people’s health. In these linked sections, you will find resources and links to information that specifically relates to LGBTQ+ health. This section is not exhaustive – please let us know if you know of other resources you would like to see added.

Mental Health
Physical Health
Sexual Health

Mental Health

Due to a systemic lack of social and economic support, LGBTQ+ people face higher rates of depression, suicidality, and substance abuse than the general population (see more information at Canadian Mental Health Association). Please find resources below to support and prioritize your mental health.

General LGBTQ+

Crisis Lines

Resources

  • Psychology Today
    • This search engine can help you find a therapist near you that specializes in your needs.
  • Rainbow Health Ontario’s Service Provider Directory
    • “This directory is designed to help you find health and social service providers who have expressed a commitment to providing competent and welcoming care to LGBT2SQ people in Ontario”.

Youth

Resources

Support Groups

Physical Health

LGBTQ+ people can face specific and different physical health concerns than other people. We may also face a lack of knowledge from cisgender and straight health care practicitioners. Please find below information about accessing general LGBTQ+ and transgender and nonbinary specific health care.

General LGBTQ+

Transgender and Non-binary specific

Sexual Health

This section aims to fill the gap left in sexual health education, in the general underrepresentation of LGBTQ+ specific sexual health. Please find below resources regarding STI & HIV Testing, healthy relationships, and transgender and nonbinary specific materials.

General LGBTQ+

Transgender and nonbinary specific



Page edited on Apr. 28, 2021, by Griffin Heaney.


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