Research suggests that Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ)-Two Spirit individuals face health disparities linked to social stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. The Indian Health Service (IHS) works to ensure that LGBTQ-Two Spirit American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals and their families receive equal access to health services in the communities where they reside. IHS carries out this work by providing enhanced resources for health issues, developing better information regarding health needs, and working to close the health disparities gap that currently exist for our Native LGBTQ-Two Spirit people.
To better understand the needs of our population, IHS sponsors an LGBTQ-Two Spirit Workgroup made up of AI/AN LGBTQ-Two Sprit individuals and their advocates. The Workgroup meets monthly and focuses on the following:
- LGBTQ-Two Spirit health promotion/disease prevention;
- Family and Community Acceptance, Alliance, and Eliminating stigma;
- Anti-bullying and school safety;
- LGBTQ-Two Spirit youth and young adults; and
- Elder LGBTQ-Two Spirit care.