EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Some healthcare facilities are risking litigation by not accommodating the needs of gay and lesbian patients. Visitation is among the issues often handled poorly, some critics say.

  • Facilities should consider education programs for staff about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patient issues.
  • Courts have recognized the rights of patients to sue healthcare facilities for discrimination related to sexuality and gender identity.
  • Providers risk legal liability for exploiting transgender patients with unnecessary exams.