Learn more about the LGBTQI+ community and access to healthcare
On this page, you can find resources intended for educational and training purposes on various subjects: inclusive language, healthcare disparities, sexual orientation and gender identity, and more.
If you an have MSF work email, you can access additional resources on our sharepoint portal
Photo: Kasha is an LGBTQI+ activist from Uganda. Read more about Kasha's story here.
Systematic Review of the Literature
Access to Healthcare for LGBTQIA+ Populations in MSF Settings
This literature review delves into practical, operational tips that could inform project design based on 17 systematic reviews, 13 research publications, 9 gray literature articles, and 7 protocols/toolkits currently available.
LGBTQI+ TIC Publications
Click on a link below to download our flagship publications, including the Best Practices and Inclusive Language Poster, the Do's and Don'ts of Working with LGBTQI+ Patients guideline, and our debut report Introduction to LGBTQI+ Inclusive Care based on interviews with 15 local LGBTQI+ NGOs operating in MSF project areas.
These resources are available for download for field use and are currently being implemented in our training programs.
Photo: Jessie is a transgender woman from Lebanon. Read more about Jessie's story here.
Best Practices and Inclusive Language Posters
These posters are an informative and colorful addition to your office or clinical space.
This resource delves into the most useful tips for making LGBTQI+ patients feel respected and cared for, with plenty of examples to demonstrate.
The words we choose to address LGBTQI+ patients can play a major role in their experience. This poster notes certain outdated or disrespectful terms and what to say or do instead.
Do's and Don'ts When Working With LGBTQI+ Patients
In this guideline, specific clinical scenarios between staff and LGBTQI+ patients are explored. If you are wondering how to use gender-neutral language, what types of questions are OK to ask, or what words to use when speaking about an LGBTQI+ patient, this resource is for you.
Introduction to LGBTQI+ Inclusive Care
This report is a compilation of key findings and recommendations based on conversations with local LGBTQI+ NGOs (non-governmental organizations). The organizations contacted have local operations in Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Cameroon, Kenya, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Syria, Australia, The Philippines, Bangladesh, Mexico, Ukraine, and Greece. Each provides a unique perspective on inclusive care, adapted to their region.
Articles for further study
Whether you have 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 25 minutes, or longer, you can find a resource on this list that will help you understand the basics of sexual orientation and gender identity and why it matters for dignified health care.
Learn the basics: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
Wondering what the difference is between gender identity and gender expression? Do you know what all the letters in the "LGBTQI+" acronym mean? How about what it means to be intersex, pansexual, or queer? This video will guide you through the most important terminology to know when it comes to the LGBTQI+ community.
Human Rights Watch: Facing the Myths
LGBTQI+ VOICES FROM MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
A joint project by Human Rights Watch and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, this video documents LGBTQI+ people from the MENA region as they react to common myths and stereotypes associated with the community.