Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) will provide a safe, welcoming and culturally appropriate clinic environment that does not discriminate against any person on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or transgender status. OKCIC will comply with all federal regulations to protect patient rights. All LGBTQ patients will be treated with respect, and according to their gender identity.
Research indicates that LGBT individuals experience the following mental and physical health disparities, as well as disparities in access to care:
- Lesbian women are less likely to get preventive cancer screenings. Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to be overweight or obese (Daniel & Butkus, 2015).
- Gay men are at higher risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (Daniel & Butkus, 2015).
- LGBT individuals have higher rates of smoking, alcohol use, and drug use, and are 2.5 times as likely to have a mental health disorder as heterosexual men and women (Daniel & Butkus, 2015).
- Transgender individuals have a higher lifetime risk for suicide attempts (Daniel & Butkus, 2015).
- LGBT adults and their children are more likely to be uninsured and face difficulties gaining access to care (Daniel & Butkus, 2015).
- LGBT survivors of intimate partner violence face additional challenges, including fear of discrimination, being blamed for the abuse, and involuntary disclosure of sexual orientation (Dunne, 2014).
OKCIC LGTBQ+ Services include:
- Primary Care
- Women’s/Men’s Health
- Behavioral Health support groups and counseling
- HIV Testing
- STD/STI Testing
- Hormone Management*
- Vision exams**
For more information, or to make an appointment, please call (405) 948-4900.
*For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 ext. 308.
**Optometry services may be limited. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 ext. 390.
People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the United States. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities.
In addition to considering the needs of LGBT people in programs designed to improve the health of entire communities, there is also a need for culturally competent medical care and prevention services that are specific to this population. Social inequality is often associated with poorer health status, and sexual orientation has been associated with multiple health threats. Members of the LGBT community are at increased risk for a number of health threats when compared to their heterosexual peers [1-5]. Differences in sexual behavior account for some of these disparities, but others are associated with social and structural inequities, such as the stigma and discrimination that LGBT populations experience.
These pages provide information and resources on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities. Links to other information sources and resources are also provided. Some of this information is designed for members of the general public. Other information has been developed for health care providers, public health professionals, and public health students.
If you are a transgender patient and need assistance navigating through the health system, please contact Lisa Toahty at (405) 948-4900 ext. 469.
For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/