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Understanding LGBTQ+ Health & Cancer Disparities

More information on disparities that may be encountered in the LGBTQ+ community can be found at the following resources:

LGBTQ+ Experiences Accessing Healthcare

LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to report poor quality of care, lack of cultural competence, and unfair treatment by providers.5 Click on the videos below to view the experiences of some individuals in the healthcare system.

Youtube video 1

Youtube video 2

Youtube video 3

To receive the best healthcare possible, all patients need to be open and honest with their providers without fear of discrimination or bias. Though important for everyone, as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, it can be beneficial to:

  • Ask your provider the right questions.
  • Seek healthcare referrals from friends, family, or a trusted provider.
  • Never feel that you must stick with a provider that makes you uncomfortable.
  • Use resources like the ones below to find a welcoming practice and learn how to advocate for yourself.

If you are willing to share your story about your healthcare experience, please contact the Suffolk County Office of Minority Health:
(631) 854-0378

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901