PRIDE in the Laboratory

The laboratory has an opportunity to be leaders in healthcare when it comes to addressing the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. Education, understanding, and compassion at both the institutional and individual levels is necessary to ensure the continuation of providing high-quality patient care. Check out the articles below to learn more about how pathologists and medical laboratory scientists are fostering these qualities to create a better experience for the LGBTQ+ population. For more information, read interviews with members of the LGBTQ+ laboratory community from 2021 and 2022.


Pathology and Transgender Care—What Has Changed in the Past Decade, and Where are We Heading?

Care for transgender and gender-expansive patients is a prominent issue in healthcare today. While health disparities, stigmas, and other barriers to care for these patient populations are works-in-progress with many hurdles to overcome, over the past decade there have been some strides in improving care for this community in healthcare generally, and at the laboratory level.

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Can Laboratories Lead the Way in Transgender Care?

Requesting or obtaining a standard laboratory test for a health concern might seem like a basic task for most people. For transgender patients, something as seemingly simple as requesting or obtaining a standard laboratory test for a health concern can be a big challenge. The laboratory can be a leader in educating staff, updating information systems, and finding creative workarounds to better serve this population.

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