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LGTBQ Patients – Provider Resources

Provider information on managing pain in patients who are LGTBQ.

Please note: It is important to ensure that patients in the LGBTQ community feel accepted in the health care setting. Stigma and perceptions of discrimination can be debilitating for patients. Speaking in a non-judgmental way and creating an open communication between your patient and yourself is crucial to their overall health and well-being. Use the patient’s correct pronouns to build rapport and establish a trusting provider/patient relationship; If unsure, ask patients about their correct pronouns.

For 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or for the Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741.

Pain Management and SUDs in LGTBQ Populations

Trevor Support Center

  • Access this site to find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV/AIDS, mental health, sexual health and much more.

Addressing Barriers for Aging LGBTQ Patients

  • Understand key definitions when working with LGBTQ communities, needs and concerns for older LGBTQ adults, healthcare disparities, mental health issues, disparities specific to elderly transgender individuals and end-of-life issues.

Substance Use and SUDs in LGBT Populations

  • Access data on substance use and misuse among LGBTQ populations and substance use disorders and comorbidities.

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder among LGBTQ Populations

  • Download this comprehensive 12-page resource for best practices for addressing opioid use disorder among LGBTQ people, opioid use disorder treatment and medication interactions, trauma-informed care, and adapting behavioral health addiction treatment frameworks for LGBTQ people.

Additional Resources


If you want to learn more about caring for LGBTQ children and youth, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website for more information.

For more information on managing pain in LGTBQ populations, tailored toward patients and families: