January 27, 2019

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about LGBTQ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by emailing [email protected].

Most cancer doctors don't know enough about LGBTQ patient care, study finds

Source: CBS News

Author: Ashley Welch

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Were you aware of some of the healthcare disparities or increased risk behaviors, such as postponing care and higher rates of tobacco use, for LGBTQ folks outlined in this article?
  2. If you are LGBTQ identified – and feel comfortable sharing – are you out to your doctor? Why or why not? If you are, was there anything specific that made you feel comfortable enough to come out? If not, is there anything specific your doctor could do to create that level of comfort and trust?
  3. If a medical professional approached your group looking for educational resources or training focused on LGBTQ issues, what would you recommend? If you’re not sure, where do you think you would start looking for those kinds of resources? (Helpful hint: This might be a great place to get started!)