LGBTQI+ Health & Well-being

HHS works to ensure that LGBTQI+ people, their families, and communities receive equal access to health services by providing enhanced resources for LGBTQI+ health issues; developing better information regarding LGBTQI+ health needs; and working to close the LGBTQI+ health disparities gap that currently exists.

If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability when seeking gender affirming health care, you can file a complaint with the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

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Featured Resources

Learn how the HHS Office for Civil Rights protects LGBTQI+ people from discrimination in receiving needed medical care and other services.

Read the White House Fact Sheet on Advancing Equality and Visibility for Transgender Americans.

Read the LGBTQI+ Youth – Like All Americans, They Deserve Evidence-Based Care blog from Miriam E. Deplhin-Rittmon, PhD, SAMHSA's Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use.

Find technical assistance and trainings on how to build inclusive and supportive health care spaces for LGBTQI+ individuals and families (HRSA).

Learn about gender-affirming care and how it improves the mental health and overall well-being of gender diverse youth (OASH's Office of Population Affairs).

Read the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program letter about the importance of gender-affirming care to effectively meet the health and medical needs of transgender people with HIV (HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau).


Create a safe space for LGBTQI+ youth who report having been bullied or cyberbullied in the past year more than their peers.

Mental Health and Substance Use

Find resources that help families support their LGBTQI+ children, tips for LGBTQI+ people who are homeless, and trainings for practitioners.

Representation Matters

Meet ADM Rachel Levine, the Assistant Secretary for Health and ADM in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the first openly transgender individual to serve in a Senate-confirmed position.

Support for American Indian and Alaska Natives

Learn how the Indian Health Service (HIS) works to ensure equal access to health services and close the gap that exists for our Native LGBTQI+ -Two-Spirit people.


Discover opportunities to advance sexual and gender minority-related research activities.

Healthy People 2030

Get involved in this federal initiative that sets 10-year national goals for improving the health of the U.S. population, including LGBTQI+ populations.

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