Lesbian, gay, bi trans and non-binary people experience the same health problems as everyone else and have very few differing needs.
If a health problem is unrelated to gender dysphoria or its treatment, you medical practitioners must assess, provide treatment for and refer LGBT patients the same as other patients.
All patients must be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
All patients must be able to trust doctors with their lives and health. More about the rights of patients.
This guide explains the standards that lesbian, gay, bi and trans and non-binary patients should expect from their doctor.
- Treat you fairly, without discrimination.
- Work with you to reach decisions about your treatment and care that are right for you.
- Respect your confidentiality and protect your personal information from improper disclosure.
Doctors must not:
- Deny you access to appropriate treatment or services because of their personal beliefs (E.g. about your sexual orientation, gender identity or trans status)
- Express their personal beliefs, including political, religious and moral beliefs, in a way that is likely to cause you distress.
- Doctors may need to ask you about your sexual orientation, gender identity or trans status so they can offer you treatment and care specific to your needs.
- They should communicate with you in a non-judgmental way.
- They should be able to tell you how information about you will be used and stored.
- The gender status or history of trans and non-binary people should be treated with the same level of confidentiality as any other sensitive personal information.
Source: The Patients Association. United Kingdom. June, 2021.