Trauma-Informed Care of Sexual and Gender Minority Patients

  • Tyler R. McKinnish
  • Claire Burgess
  • Colleen A. SloanEmail author


Sexual and gender minority people (SGM) experience disproportionately high rates of trauma and stress, which may inform their experience of illness and presentation to healthcare settings. In this chapter, we aim to thoroughly examine this experience of trauma and propose mechanisms by which healthcare systems can address these disparities. We recommend that providers seek out education and training in the service of providing culturally competent and affirming care to SGM patients, facilitated by healthcare systems that welcome and validate SGM identities. We also provide specific strategies that healthcare organizations can utilize to make themselves known as welcoming and competent and highlight systems that exemplify the key components of targeted outreach and high-quality care.


Sexual and gender minorities Trauma informed care LGBTQ health Transgender health LGBTQ marginalization Best practices for LGBTQ care Trauma informed LGBTQ care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tyler R. McKinnish
    • 1
  • Claire Burgess
    • 2
  • Colleen A. Sloan
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyWashington University/Barnes-Jewish HospitalSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Instructor in PsychiatryHarvard Medical School, Clinical Psychologist, VA Boston Healthcare SystemBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryBoston University School of Medicine, Clinical Psychologist, VA Boston Healthcare SystemBostonUSA

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