The Health and Well-Being of Latinx Sexual and Gender Minorities in the USA: A Call to Action



Latinx sexual and gender minority (SGM) persons, specifically lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) persons, experience profound health disparities based on multiple factors, including their ethnicity/race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and immigration status. Although the terms SGM and LGBTQI are often used as umbrella terms, the communities and populations described by these terms are deeply varied. Currently, SGM persons are increasingly open and visible in the USA and many other parts of the world, and a modest body of knowledge on the health and well-being of some SGM subgroups currently exists. However, there are profound gaps in this emerging knowledge base. Specifically, we know very little about the health and well-being of Latinx SGM persons in the USA. In this chapter, we define some of the key terms often used to describe communities and populations of SGM, highlight some of the health disparities experienced by Latinx SGM populations, and outline critical research needs and priorities to improve the health and well-being of Latinx SGM populations.


Latinx Gay Bisexual Lesbian Transgender Queer Intersex Gender minority Sexual minority Discrimination Disparities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences and Health PolicyWake Forest School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public Health EducationUniversity of North Carolina GreensboroGreensboroUSA
  3. 3.School of Social WorkTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.El Pueblo, Inc.RaleighUSA
  5. 5.McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  6. 6.Department of PsychologyGeorge Washington UniversityWashington, D.C.USA
  7. 7.Department of Family MedicineUCLA David Geffen School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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