Next Steps for the Biden-Harris Administration to Build Better LGBTQI Health
Howard Brown Health and a group of leading LGBTQI advocates and health organizations from across the country have published a report identifying opportunities for immediate action by the Biden-Harris Administration to improve health outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) people throughout the United States. LGBTQI people—in particular those who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color—are often stigmatized and subjected to systemic discrimination within the healthcare system. LGBTQI people encounter outright refusals of care; hostility and lack of understanding from healthcare providers; and a system based on heterosexual, cisgender norms that disregards their needs. As a result, LGBTQI populations suffer worse health outcomes compared to the general population.
Policies throughout the Trump Administration magnified these issues and created a more dangerous environment for LGBTQI people. The Biden-Harris Administration now has an opportunity to address these unparalleled challenges in domestic health policy in a swift and comprehensive manner. The published document identifies barriers and highlights opportunities for improving LGBTQI health across many areas of federal health policy, from deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine, to ensuring that agencies fully implement nondiscrimination rules, to collecting sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex data in federal surveys and health records, and more.