Microaggressions and the LGBTQ+ Community
Things You Can Do To Your Physical Space
- Display a pride flag, sticker, or other sign/symbol to show support for LGBTQ+ patients.
- Post a non-discrimination policy in a visible location.
- Include LGBTQ+ people in brochures, promotionals, and other handouts.
- Have diverse and inclusive posters, magazines, etc. throughout the space.
- Have a gender inclusive bathroom that is easily accessible to all patients.
- Hire diverse staff
- Train all staff to be LGBTQ+ affirming
Things You Can Say and Do
- Have LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices
- Wear a nametag with your pronouns on it.
- Make sure your youth patients know their rights
- Have parents/guardians leave the room as many LGBTQ+ youth are not yet out to their families and may not feel comfortable being outed to them.
- Ask youth for their pronouns.
- Respect their choice to use different names/pronouns when their parents/caregivers are or are not present.
- Use gender neutral pronouns (they/them) unless someone tells you which pronouns they use.
- Instead of asking if someone has a boyfriend or girlfriend, ask if they are sexually active and then ask them to describe their partner(s).
- Utilize gender neutral terms such as “chest” and “underwear” instead of “breast” and “panties.”
- Apologize for mistakes. When apologizing, be sure to avoid getting defensive, discussing how challenging this is for you, and becoming overly apologetic.
- Address others when they make mistakes. Use these moments as learning opportunities for other staff to make a safer and more inclusive environment.