Want more education? We got you!

The following is short list of free or low cost online courses/resources for healthcare professionals (or anyone!) wanting more education on affirming care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) patients.


Gender Affirming Primary Care Course (online, free, 1.5 Mainpro-M1 credits) 

Designed in partnership by the University of British Columbia (BC) and Trans Care BC this is a short online continuing medical education course designed for primary care providers in BC. The course provides patient hand-outs and resources 

Course objectives: 

  • Effectively utilize common terminology when discussing gender with patients;
  • Identify common health disparities/challenges faced by transgender patients and their implications for care; 
  • Define the gender-affirming framework and how it applies to provision of primary care;
  • Take an effective patient history using appropriate language;
  • Describe the role of the primary care provider in the care of transgender patients;
  • Utilize resources and connect transgender and gender diverse patients to appropriate supports.

Queering Identities: LGBTQ+ Sexuality and Gender Identity (online, free, not healthcare specific) 


In this Coursera course (offered by the University of Colorado), you will explore the history of LGBTQ identities, experiences, and activism. This course covers major events in global LGBTQ history, investigate local histories of queer and transgender people and communities, and considers how LGBTQ histories have helped shape broader conversations about civil rights, equality, and justice.


Queering Identities: LGBTQ+ Sexuality and Gender Identity (online, free, not healthcare specific) 


In this Coursera course (offered by the University of Colorado), you will explore the history of LGBTQ identities, experiences, and activism. This course covers major events in global LGBTQ history, investigate local histories of queer and transgender people and communities, and considers how LGBTQ histories have helped shape broader conversations about civil rights, equality, and justice.


Teaching LGBTQ+ Health (online, free, for educators) 


This curriculum was designed for faculty members and health professions educators. The course goals are to improve your knowledge, teaching skills, and attitudes pertaining to the provision of health care to LGBTQ+ patients. Developed by Stanford Medicine.


The eQuality Toolkit: Practical Skills for LGBTQ and DSD-Affected Patient Care 


The eQuality Toolkit is a training manual developed by the University of Louisville. It assists healthcare providers build a foundation of inclusive clinical skills to competently care for LGBTQ patients and individuals born with differences of sex development (DSD). Although this toolkit was designed for medical students, any healthcare provider who wants to learn inclusive clinical skills can benefit from this accessible, brief primer. 


Providing Inclusive Services and Care for LGBT People: A Guide for Health Care Staff 


This guide was developed by the National LGBTQIA+ Health Centre (US) to help health care staff provide an affirmative, inclusive, and respectful environment for all clients, with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The course provides background information on LGBT people and their health needs, tips and strategies to improve communication and create a more affirming and inclusive environment, helpful resources and a glossary of terms. 


LGBT Patient-Centered Outcomes: Cancer Survivors Teach Us How To Improve Care For All. 

Margolies L, Scout NFN. April 2013. 


This report by the National LGBT Cancer Network (US) presents the responses of a survey of 311 LGBT cancer survivors as they describe what they would want healthcare providers to know about their experiences. It highlights patient voices and contains a series of six practical recommendations for oncology healthcare professionals. 

Cancer’s Margins. 


The Cancer’s Margins project used a community-and-arts based approach to exploring sexual and gender diversity, and experiences of cancer health, support and care with queer and trans breast and gynecologic cancer patients. There is a repository of digital stories (videos) where patients describe their experiences with areas such as healthcare provider communication, sexuality, survivorship and mortality. 

Queering Cancer

Queering Cancer