Garden State Equality and community partners are taking on one of the greatest civil rights challenges of our time: making sure health services actually meet the needs of LGBT people.
LGBT people need doctors, therapists, and other direct services like anybody else. Our health needs are an everyday part of our lives—and we’re not equal until we can be sure that when we go to a provider, that professional is sure to say the right things to us, ask the right questions, and provide us the comfort and care we need. LGBT organizations are forever putting together lists of LGBT sensitive providers—but we shouldn’t need to find our doctors on special lists.
With the Map and Expand LGBT Health Services in New Jersey project, we’re going to find the health service providers who treat us with the most respect, and literally map out where they are in the state. We’re going to get in touch with all of them, and—doctors, therapists, other direct service providers, and activists working together—figure out what policy changes and advocacy efforts we need to make sure all health service providers treat us with respect.
“Intro to LGBT Health”
This workshop helps healthcare professionals understand basic LGBT terminology, the impact of historical and current discrimination of the LGBT community, identifies LGBT specific healthcare disparities, and establishes best practices for incorporating LGBT health.
“Intro to LGBT Health (School Edition)”
(Administrators/Middle and High School Students)
This workshop helps middle and high school students understand gender identity/expression and sexual orientation with age-appropriate and medically accurate information; discusses bullying and the effects of mental health on LGBT students; emphasizes the need for student advocacy for the LGBT community.
LGBT-Inclusive Sex Education
(Administrators/Healthcare Professionals/Middle and High School Students)
This workshop helps middle and high school students understand gender identity/expression and sexual orientation with age-appropriate and medically accurate information; discusses healthy romantic relationships and families; and emphasizes the need for protection during sex for people of all identities.
Working with Transgender Patients
This workshop covers the basics of gender identity and gender expression; legal, social, and medical aspects of gender transition; and best practices and policies in working with transgender patients.
In addition to the trainings offered through our Map + Expand Program, we offer school trainings through our Teach + Affirm program; older adult provider trainings through our Pledge + Protect Program. We also offer workplace diversity trainings: trainings addressing homelessness to CoCs and other shelter providers; and trainings for lawyers, legal professionals, and the judiciary on LGBT legal rights and advocacy.
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