Healthcare providers must be aware of their positionality. That is, their particular social location and how it shapes their access and power in society. Positionality is shaped by many factors; some viewed as generally more fixed (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, nationality) and others which are more subjective or contextual (e.g., life history, personal values).
A healthcare provider’s positionality may impact their implicit biases—or their unconscious pre-conceived attitudes or stereotypes about groups of people. A common implicit bias is when healthcare providers assume all patients are heterosexual and cisgender. Other common implicit biases about LGBTQIA+ people include assuming they are sexually promiscuous, assuming any healthcare for transgender people relates to their gender identity, and using harsh and disapproving tones and body language toward LGBTQIA+ patients.