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.
- National LGBT Health Education Center - http://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/wp-content/uploads/Learning-Guide.pdf Glossary p. 22
- 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