Demonstrated Commitment to LGBTQ Patients and Their Families
BIDMC continues to be recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality”
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and queer civil rights organization. This means we consistently
demonstrate our deep commitment to LGBTQ patients and their families.
Our commitment includes equitable care for all, including
non-discrimination policies for LGBTQ patients and employees, a guarantee
of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBTQ health
education for key staff members.
To be named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality, healthcare providers
must earn high marks in the Health Equality Index, an annual survey
conducted by the HRC Foundation. The goal of the survey is to guide changes
to policies and practices that help strengthen the care institutions give
LGBTQ patients, who can still face significant challenges in securing