The individual health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

It is sometimes assumed by health care professionals, policy makers, and patients that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) people do not have unique health needs as a consequence of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This, however, is not the case. Our research shows that LGB and T Scots are being let down by health services which often see sexual orientation and gender identity purely as sexual health issues. As a result hundreds of thousands of LGB and T people are in dire need of better support from health care professionals.

Find out more about our research into leasbian, gay and bisexual people's health needs:

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Good Practice Programme

Stonewall Scotland works extensively with healthcare providers to ensure that they understand the needs of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender service users.The Good Practice Programme, which works closely with public bodies across Scotland, includes the following organisations:

  • NHS 24
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Borders
  • NHS Fife
  • NHS Forth Valley
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • NHS Health Scotland
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Lothian
  • NHS National Services Scotland
  • NHS National Education Scotland
  • NHS National Waiting Times Centre
  • NHS Shetland
  • Scottish Health Council


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