Fear of discrimination causes many LGBTQ people to avoid seeking care. And when they do get treatment, studies have shown that LGBTQ people are often not treated with the respect or cultural competence that all patients deserve. Through pioneering efforts such as the Healthcare Equality Index and the new Long-Term Care Equality Index, HRC is dedicated to improving healthcare for LGBTQ people and their families.

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Know Your Healthcare Rights

Learn more about your healthcare rights, including hospital visitation and patient non-discrimination.

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Healthcare Equality Index 2020

In its 13th year, the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities' policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their…

Health & Aging

Know Your Healthcare Rights

Learn more about your healthcare rights, including hospital visitation and patient non-discrimination.

Health & Aging

HEI Interactive Map

Explore our interactive map of over 1,600 healthcare facilities listed in the 2020 Healthcare Equality Index to find LGBTQ-friendly facilities in your area. Click on a pin to see more…

HIV & AIDS, Health & Aging

Safer Sex Guide (La Guía de Sexo Más Seguro)

HRCF and Whitman-Walker Health released an updated guide to practicing safer sex that includes essential tips to minimize the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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Blood Donations

In December 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved from a lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood to a deferral of one year for any man…