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LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Glossary

Partners eCare and the new Epic-based electronic health record system provide a standardized method for voluntary collection of sexual orientation and gender identity demographics as part of a clinical visit. The decision to enable this functionality in Epic was guided by a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Workgroup, with representatives from across Partners HealthCare.

The Glossary was compiled in collaboration with community healthcare resources.

Sexual Orientation: How people identify their physical and emotional attraction to others.

  • Straight/Heterosexual: usually refers to a person whose primary romantic feelings and/or sexual attractions are toward a person of a different gender or sex.
  • Gay /Lesbian/ Homosexual: usually refers to a person whose primary romantic feelings and/or sexual attractions are toward a person of the same gender or sex.
  • Bisexual: usually refers to a person who has romantic feelings and/or sexual attraction to both males and females.
  • Queer: A term used by some individuals to describe non-heterosexual sexual orientations. Some people refrain from using this term due to its historical use as a derogatory word. 
  • Pansexual: usually refers to a person whose primary romantic feelings and/or sexual attractions are not specific to a single gender or sex. 

Gender identity:  One’s internal sense of being male, female, both, or another gender.

  • Trans Female-to-Male (Trans FtM): usually refers to a transgender person who was identified as female at birth but who identifies as a male in terms of his gender identity.
  • Trans Male-to-Female (Trans MtF): usually refers to a transgender person who was identified as male at birth but who identifies as a female in terms of her gender identity.
  • Queer/Genderqueer: A person who identifies outside of the gender binary (i.e., neither male nor female) and/or identifies as both male and female. Similar terms include gender variant and gender fluid.
  1. National LGBT Health Education Center  - http://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/wp-content/uploads/Learning-Guide.pdf  Glossary p. 22
  2. Association of American Medical Colleges 2014 publication “Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD”. Appendix A   www.aamc.org/publications


For more information or to discuss LGBTQ concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.

 


This content was last modified on: 05/31/2017

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