Position Statement

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Health Science Librarians

Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Medical Library Association

This is the Position Statement page for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Health Science Librarians Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Medical Library Association. Additional information will added when available.

Position Statement on the Need for Identification and Dissemination of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Health Care Information

WHEREAS the Medical Library Association's Statement of Values states that "the Medical Library Association serves society by improving health through the provision of information for the delivery of health care, the education of health professionals, the conduct of research, and the public's understanding of health", and

WHEREAS the Medical Library Association's Position Statement on AIDS states that "the Medical Library Association will identify and employ innovative strategies to disseminate information concerning AIDS to all members of the health care team, to patients, and to the public", and

WHEREAS the 1994 Report on Anti-Gay Discrimination by the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights states that 67% of physicians and medical students surveyed believe that anti-gay bias toward lesbian/gay/bisexual patients resulted in substandard care ranging from harassing remarks to abusive physical examinations, and

WHEREAS as health care information professionals, we recognize the worth and dignity of all persons regardless of sexual orientation, and we also recognize that discrimination is caused by ignorance and fear which are fostered by misinformation, lack of information, or censorship; and

WHEREAS our clients include gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals who are also physicians, students, patients and other health care professionals; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that we will identify, collect and disseminate gay/lesbian/bisexual health care information within this organization in order to enhance the quality and quantity of information available to our colleagues within MLA and within our institutions in order to support the physical and psychological health care concerns of our clients.

October 11, 1994

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