Our LGBTQ loved ones do not have equal access to quality healthcare to address their unique health needs. Often they face financial, personal and cultural barriers to healthcare, caused by the lack of culturally competent providers, the lack of financial resources to obtain appropriate care, and the fear of disclosing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. A culture of pervasive homophobia and transphobia only compounds these issues, leaving many of our loved ones at higher risk of certain physical and mental health problems and substance abuse. To address these issues, PFLAG is advocating for strong federal legislation and regulations to help level the playing field.

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