This month the American Academy of Nursing has issued two important policy statements that affirm LGBTQ health! Both statements are available for download from the Nursing Outlook web site:
American Academy of Nursing position statement on reparative therapy – this statement summarizes the conclusive evidence that reparative (conversion) therapies render lasting and serious harm, and concludes that “
efforts to “repair” homosexuality, by any means, constitute health hazards to be avoided and are to be condemned as unethical assaults on human rights and individual identity, autonomy, and dignity.
Employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity – this statement emphasizes the negative health outcomes associated with LGBTQ minority stress that results from all forms of employment discrimination, declares opposition to employment discrimination based on sexual and gender identity, and urges all health care organizations, public and private, to adopt and enforce anti-discrimination policies on behalf of their LGBTQ employees