Coming out to your health care provider is an important part of your health and well-being. Many people are not aware that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) people face unique health risks related to the increased discrimination they often face. These risks include higher rates of smoking, problems with mental health, and sexually transmitted infections. If you talk to your provider about being LGBTQ+, your provider can:
- Pay closer attention to health issues that affect LGBTQ+ people.
- Learn to use the terms, names, pronouns, and other words you prefer.
- Refer you to other providers and specialists who are welcoming to LGBTQ+ people.
- Better involve you in decisions about your health.
- Help connect you with support for you or your family, especially if you are having problems.