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"Beyond the World of Pink and Blue" Companion Guide: Web-based Resources

Companion guide to the 2017 Virtual Midwifery Week Presentation "Beyond the World of Pink and Blue: Sexual Orientation and Gender Non-Conformity in Graduate Education and Among Underserved Populations".

General References

2015 US Transgender Survey from the National Center for Transgender Equality

Healthy People 2020 website for LGBT topics

Fenway Institute

The National LGBT Health Education Center  provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

The Education Center is a part of The Fenway Institute, the research, training, and health policy division of Fenway Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and one of the world’s largest LGBT-focused health centers.

National LGBTQ Task Force

National LGBTQ Task Force is and advocacy body that provides information through fact sheets, infographics, and research/reports related to the LGBTQ+ community.This information better explains some of the non-medical underpinnings and intersectionality of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. 

Selected reports:


Transgender and gender non-conforming people face rampant discrimination in every area of life: education, employment, family life, public accommodations, housing, health, police and jails, and ID documents. This data is so shocking that it will change the way you think about transgender people and it should change the way you advocate. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey was conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality.


Homelessness is one of the most pressing issues facing a disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth in our country today. In the 10 years since we released our pioneering report, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness,” we’re both heartened by the progress that’s been made, and acutely aware of the work that still needs to be done.

Done by the National LGBTQ Task Force and the True Colors Fund, this collaborative resource is the first-of-its-kind online publication highlighting innovative approaches to support you experiencing homelessness. It also provides case studies of successful models and concrete solutions to ending LGBTQ youth homelessness.

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) 

GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks. (From website)

Why include GLSEN in a resource list for healthcare professionals? Primary reasons:

  • There is evidence-based information available on the site that benefits those of all orientations. 
  • There are comprehensive resources available that may benefit your patients, especially teens.