Lesbian Health Resources

The resources listed as follows are for information purposes only. Referral to these sources and web sites does not imply the endorsement of ACOG. This list is not meant to be comprehensive. The exclusion of a source or web site does not reflect the quality of that source or web site. Please note that web sites are subject to change without notice.

Advocates for Youth
2000 M Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 419-3420
Fax: (202) 419-1448
Web: www.advocatesforyouth.org

Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policymakers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world. This organization established YouthResource (http://www.youthresource.com), which is a web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people 13- to 24-years-old. It takes a holistic approach to sexual health by offering support, community resources, and peerto- peer education about issues of concern to GLBTQ young people.

American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098
Tel: (847) 434-4000
Fax: (847) 434-8000
Web: www.aap.org

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. It has developed materials for patients and physicians that pertain to gay and lesbian youth and conducts advocacy efforts for this population as well.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere
1550 Bryant Street, Suite 830
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (415) 861-KIDS (5437)
Fax: (415) 255-8345
Web: www.colage.org

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere is the only national and international organization specifically supporting young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
459 Fulton Street, Suite 107
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415) 255-4547
Fax: (415) 255-4784
Web: www.glma.org

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) works to maximize the quality of health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and to foster a professional climate in which its members can reach their full potential. GLMA’s focus is to increase the visibility of the specific health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered patients and offer programs and services that the organization is in a unique position to provide, such as continuing medical education, the lesbian health fund, and providers advocacy network.

The Gay & Lesbian National Hotline
PMB #296
2261 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Tel: 888-THE GLNH (843-4564)
Web: www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org

The Gay & Lesbian National Hotline is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning community by offering free and anonymous information, referrals and peer-counseling. Peer counselors are available Monday-Friday, 4 PM–midnight and Saturday noon–5PM EST.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004
Tel: (212) 727-0135
Fax: (212) 727-0254
Web: www.glsen.org

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network works to ensure safe and effective schools for all students.

Gay-Straight Alliance Network
1550 Bryant St., Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (415) 552-4229
Fax: (415) 552-4729
Web: www.gsanetwork.org

The Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth-led organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources. Through peer support, leadership development, and training, GSA Network works to support young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and build the capacity of GSAs to create safe environments in schools so that students can support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions; educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues; and fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.

Go Ask Alice!

Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice! Columbia University’s Health Education Program—a division of Columbia University Health and Related Services. The mission of Go Ask Alice! is to increase access to, and use of, health information by providing factual, in-depth, straightforward, and nonjudgmental information to assist readers’ decisionmaking about their physical, sexual, emotional, and spiritual health. “Alice!” answers questions about relationships; sexuality; sexual health; emotional health; fitness; nutrition; alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; and, general health. Questions specific to lesbian women focus on safer sex between women (http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1844.html) and worries about sexuality (http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1722.html).

Human Rights Campaign
Lesbian Health
1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036-3278
Tel: (202) 628-4160
Fax: (202) 347-5323
Web: www.hrc.org

Founded in 1980, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) lobbies Congress and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Americans, including workplace, family, discrimination, and health issues. Their web site includes the latest news affecting this population. The HRC site offers many of the same resources that their staff uses to educate congressional leaders and the public on critical issues. Links are provided to send messages to U.S. senators and representatives on particular issues of concern. Information also is provided on state laws affecting lesbian women.

Kaiser Permanente
National Diversity Department
One Kaiser Plaza, 22 Lakeside
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: (510) 271-6663
Web: http://co.kpphysiciancareers.org/why-work-here/diversity-kaiser

The Kaiser Permanente National Diversity Department developed monographs to provide a comprehensive overview of health care for populations, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered. The books contain sections on demographics, health beliefs, risk factors, major diseases, infectious diseases and special areas of clinical focus including obstetrics and gynecology, childhood and adolescent health and mental health. The monographs also contain a list of web-based resources and an extensive bibliography.

Web: depts.washington.edu/wswstd

This web site features an overview of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and their transmission between women; a question and answer forum where readers can get questions answered; an index of previous questions and answers; a listing of lesbian health research studies currently enrolling women; research data from current studies; and a bibliography and links to other relevant sites. The goal of the site is to provide information and resources regarding STDs in women who have sex with women and to further the collective knowledge about lesbian STDs through research.

The Mautner Project
1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 332-5536
Fax: (202) 332-0662
Web: www.mautnerproject.org

The Mautner Project is a national organization dedicated to lesbians with cancer, their partners, and caregivers. Its mission is to provide the following: direct services to lesbians with cancer, their partners and caregivers; education and information to the lesbian community about cancer; education to the health care community about the special concerns of lesbians with cancer and their families; and advocacy on lesbian health issues in national and local arenas. Resources for providers include: “Tools For Caring About Lesbian Health” training package, which includes an 18-minute video, discussion guide, and an Optimal Care Kit (provides English and Spanish breast and cervical cancer brochures, shower card, sample nondiscrimination statement, suggestions for inclusive intake forms, checklist for optimal care, and an expanded lesbian health bibliography). Their “Removing the Barriers” CD-ROM contains a newly updated trainer guide, participant handbook, and Power- Point slides.

MEDLINEPlus Gay/Lesbian Health
Web: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/gayandlesbianhealth.html

The National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINEPlus information pages are designed to direct users to a variety of resources to help them research their health questions. Access to MEDLINE, organizations, statistics, and full text materials is provided in an integrated environment. The Gay/Lesbian Health page provides information specifically on these topics.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1325 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 393-5177
Fax: (202) 393-2241
Web: www.thetaskforce.org/

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization. It trains state and local activists and leaders and organizes broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation. They provide research and policy analysis on issues pertaining to LGBT individuals.

National Mental Health Association
2000 N Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
Tel: (703) 684-7722; 800-969-6642
TTY: (800) 433-5959
Fax: (703) 684-5968
Web: www.nmha.org

The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research, and service. They have developed numerous resources on lesbian and gay issues.

The National Women’s Health Information Center
8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031
Tel: 800-994-WOMAN (800-994-9662); 888-220-5446 (TTY)
Web: http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/content.aspx?id=826

The National Women’s Health Information Center is the federal gateway to women’s health information. It compiles selected information on lesbian health through the Lesbian Health page.

Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
1726 M Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 467-8180
Fax: (202) 467-8194
Web: www.pflag.org

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays is a national nonprofit organization with more than 80,000 members and supporters and more than 460 affiliates in the United States. It promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons, and their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
90 John Street, Suite 704
New York, NY 10038
Tel: (212) 819-9770
Fax: (212) 819-9776
Web: www.siecus.org

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States develops, collects, and disseminates sexuality information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates for the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. Of particular relevance to lesbian health is its fact sheet entitled, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Issues, which can be obtained at http://www.siecus.org/pubs/fact/fact0013.html, and their annotated bibliography, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Sexuality and Related Issues, which can be obtained at http://www.siecus.org/pubs/biblio/bibs0005.html.

Society for Adolescent Medicine
1916 Copper Oaks Circle
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Tel: (816) 224-8010
Web: www.adolescenthealth.org

The Society for Adolescent Medicine, established in 1968, is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well being of all adolescents. One of the society’s goals is to promote the availability of special training to adolescent health for all appropriate professionals. The society has a Special Interest Group on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Adolescent Health. This group has created a speakers bureau listing to be disseminated to professional groups that sponsor local, regional, or national conferences and training seminars. This list contains adolescent health specialists with expertise in health care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered adolescents.


Alicia Luchowski, MPH
Health Care for Underserved Women/ LARC Program