LGBTQ+ Health

LGBT+ Topic Healthcare Guide

Here at Leeds Libraries for health we aim to put LGBT+ healthcare at the forefront of our research. If there is something else that you would like to see added here or want research directly emailed to your inbox, please contact us.

This guide aims to make the evidence and networks around LGBT+ topics in healthcare easier to discover, support learning and transform our workplace

The Pride+ Staff collection has been curated by our colleagues at United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust. 

Published research



Research briefings

The Mental Health of LGBTQ+ Young People with Disabilities

The Trevor Project, December 2023

Just under two thirds of LGBTQ young people with disabilities reported feeling discriminated against for their actual or perceived disability in the past year. This brief will expand upon previous work by examining differences in reported disability and exploring the relationship between disability-related variables and mental health among LGBTQ+ young people with disabilities


Young LGBTQ+ People in Residential Social Care Face Pervasive Discrimination and Unmet Need

National Elf Service, January 2024

LGBTQ+ young people are overrepresented in residential social care settings but their voices are largely absent from research into young people’s care experiences. This research shines a light on the institutional discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ young people in the care system. Health inequalities are explored, with recommendations for improving the experiences of LGBTQ+ young people and including their voices in service design and delivery.

Key papers and reports

Ace in the UK report

Stonewall, October 2023

The Ace in the UK Report uncovers the experiences of healthcare, workplace and societal discrimination that asexual people face in the UK, and the need for better protections.

Trans hate crime rises 11% in past year in England and Wales

BBC News, on Home Office statistics, October 2023

Recorded hate crimes against transgender people in England and Wales rose 11% to 4,732 offences in the last year, according to Home Office figures. All other groups for which hate crime data is recorded saw a drop over the same period.


Useful websites

Stonewall UK 
Includes many links to information and support for LGBT communities and their allies.

LGBT Foundation - Home
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

LGBT Switchboard 
A helpline that provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity. 

LGBTQ+ Book Club

Intrested in joining our LGBTQ+ book club? Drop us an email and get on the list! Our bi-monthly book club is a chance for you to meet people from your community across Pan Leeds. This 30 minute slot will push you out of your literatre comfort zone while still giving an opportunity for a mental well being break. Our friendly library team can signpost you to local book shops or your local public library to track down a copy. Struggling for time but still want to come along? We can email you a PDF of the first chapter so you can still join in without impacting your work load. 

Find out more here

Profession and specialty networks and resources

NHS ENGLAND Equalites and health inequalities HUB 
Within this hub you will find information about NHS England’s statutory responsibilities around equalities and health inequalities and the national NHS programmes in these areas.

LGBT+ mental health services map

"List of charities and organisations providing mental health and suicide prevention support for people who identify as LGBTQI+."

National Ambulance LGBT Network
"Understanding Trans Service Users: Ambulance Service Perspective "

National LGBT Partnership
"The National LGBT Partnership was established in early 2010, in order reduce health inequalities and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public services. The Partnership combines the expertise of thirty-eight key LGBTQIA+ organisations across England, and works closely with many more."



Further reading & books.

Check out our own LGBT+  book Collection  consisting of both clinical and wellbeing books.

Care & Loss: LGBTQ+ experience and expectation of end-of-life care

Cottage Hospice, November 2023

This film was commissioned to understand more about end-of-life experiences through an LGBTQ+ lens to inform care within hospices and other care settings. The film features people who were interviewed about their experiences of supporting a loved one who was dying, including partners and friends within the LGBTQIA community in London.


LGBT+ History Month 2024

NHS Confederation, January 2024

LGBT+ History Month celebrates LGBTQ+ people in all their diversity, raises awareness and combats prejudice with education. This page contains links to useful resources and showcases some LGBTQ+ healthcare trailblazers.

New Year's Resolutions for LGBTQ+ Allyship

Mygwork, January 2024

The new year is an opportunity to reflect and set intentions for personal growth and positive change arises. While many individuals focus on health and career goals, it's equally important to consider resolutions that foster inclusivity and support for marginalized communities.

Overcoming Queerphobia In The Workplace With Non-Binary Activist Alok-Vaid Menon

Forbes, January 2024

LGBTQ+ professionals and allies alike should not be afraid to discuss queerphobia in the workplace and beyond. Education surrounding queerphobia starts with employers acknowledging queer voices and workplace issues all year rather than solely during Pride Month. 

Working as a transgender surgeon

The Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, January 2024

Phillipa Burns, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, shares her experience of transitioning in the workplace. ‘Five years on I can look back and think about what was easier than I’d expected and what has been more difficult, and give some advice to those who find themselves in a situation where someone they know is transitioning.’



Local networks and plans

LGBT+ Staff Network - Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust ( 
The network aims to provide a point of contact and support for LGBT+ staff and allies in the workplace.

Make your pledge
The NHS Rainbow Badges initiative started at Evelina Children’s Hospital in London and has quickly gained pace throughout the NHS. We are proud to be joining the movement and making a public commitment to support both patients and staff that identify as LGBT+. 

Increased awareness of the issues surrounding LGBT+ people when accessing healthcare on the part of NHS staff can make significant differences to LGBT+ peoples’ experiences, and, in turn on their physical and mental health.  The badge is a reminder that you can talk to our staff about who you are and how you feel. They will do their best to get support for you if you need it.

NHS confederation 
Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network 

Check out local sport groups in the Leeds area


Library Services

Is there a LGBTQ+ information need we are not meeting?

Let us know and we can provide the results with a literature search. 
Request an evidence search - Leeds Libraries

Want to undertake your own LGBT+ health research?

Not sure where to start? We can provide training on how to search and appraise resources on our healthcare databases.
Information Skills Training - Leeds Libraries

Want the lasted LGBT+ health evidence direct to your inbox?

Let us know if you have a speciality or just want the highlights of the latest evidence.
Contact for more details. 


An OpenAthens account gives all NHS staff and learners access to a wide range of online resources.