A Glimpse at the Results of our LGBT Health Survey

Throughout the month of August, we asked for your help. And nearly 1,200 of you answered our call and completed our LGBT health survey. Because of you, we have a much clearer picture of the state of LGBT health and wellness in Colorado.

We’re still combing through all the data, but we wanted to go ahead and share some of our initial findings from the survey with you.

  • Overall, lesbian, gay, and bisexual Coloradans have access to healthcare and are utilizing the healthcare system much like their straight counterparts.
  • 7 in 10 LGB respondents agree that they have sufficient coverage for the care and services they need. 8 in 10 have seen a primary care physician in the last year.
  • However, transgender and LGBT people of color face significant barriers to accessing healthcare in Colorado.
  • Only 38% of transgender people agree that they have sufficient coverage for the care and services they need. 3 in 10 strongly disagree.
  • 19% of transgender people last saw a primary care physician more than 2 years ago.
  • Even though we are accessing the healthcare system and seeking services, less than 60% of LGBT people are out to their healthcare provider.

  • LGBT people face obstacles to finding a welcoming, inclusive environment for their healthcare. This is especially true for transgender and young Coloradans.
  • Only 64% of respondents consider their primary health care provider LGBT-friendly.
  • A minority of respondents felt that they had sufficient choice of and access to LGBT-friendly providers. This was even more dramatic for transgender respondents.
  • 53% of transgender respondents reported at least a slight problem with doctors and health workers refusing to provide them services.
  • 70% of respondents reported at least a slight problem with community fear / dislike of LGBT people when receiving health care services.

  • People with access to an LGBT-friendly provider report accessing the healthcare system more frequently with better results.
  • Of those respondents who had an LGBT-friendly provider, 72% saw a primary care physician in the past 6 months, compared to 41% of respondents with a provider who was not LGBT-friendly or whose LGBT-friendliness was unknown.
  • Those with LGBT-friendly providers were more satisfied with their ability to participate in medical decision making for their partners and more confident that their provider would understand their rights.
  • There are clear steps that the healthcare community can take to eliminate barriers and encourage LGBT people to seek services more often.
  • 57% of respondents consider their primary healthcare provider LGBT-friendly because the provider asked about their sexual orientation, gender identity, and / or domestic partner status.
  • 29% of respondents consider their provider LGBT-friendly because the provider uses gender-neutral language for reproductive and sexual health or relationship status.

  • LGBT Coloradans have three key priorities to improve their health and well-being: training for health providers, health students, and health professionals; development of a statewide network of LGBT-friendly health providers; and an increase in the number of employers offering domestic partner insurance.

The findings detailed here are just a beginning — just a small glimpse at what we learned from the responses of many of you. Going forward, we’ll continue to dig deeper into the data so that we can document your healthcare experiences comprehensively. We’ll also be working with healthcare experts and members of our LGBT Health Steering Committee to develop recommendations for improving access to affordable, quality care for LGBT Coloradans.

Stay tuned in the coming months for the full report of the results of our LGBT Health Survey!