Though lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) individuals have similar health concerns as the general population, they have more chronic conditions, earlier disabilities onsets, and many barriers to accessing health care. These challenges include stigma, discrimination, violence, rejection by family and community, and inequality in or denial of care.
The good news: the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides the LGBTQ community access to health coverage including special protections when dealing with sexual orientation and gender identity. The recent federal recognition of same-sex marriage (the overturning of DOMA) also paves the way for new health coverage options.
Find specific information about issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in our health library articles.
Sexual orientation and homosexuality
Understand the different kinds of sexual orientation and common terms and phrases.
Common questions about sexual orientation and homosexuality
Get the real facts and bust the myths about homosexuality.
Gender identity and transgender issues
Gender identity and sexual orientation are related, but they are not the same thing. Get more answers and learn how to cope with stress that may affect you or someone you support.
Your teen's sexual orientation and gender identity
Teenage years can be a confusing time especially when teens feel they are different. Learn how to support teens discovering their sexual orientation or gender identity.
California Gender Recognition Act of 2017
The Gender Recognition Act allows Californians to obtain state-issued identity documents that list their gender as female, male, or nonbinary. To update your gender identity in your profile, please call Customer Service – the first number on the back of your Blue Shield ID card.
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