USC LGBT Health Equity Initiative
The USC LGBT Health Equity Initiative (HEI) was created to lead scientific inquiry into the physical, emotional and social health of LGBT youth, adults and families, and guide best practices for achieving health equity for this population.
The work of the HEI is guided by scholars, community leaders and nationally recognized experts in the field of LGBT health, who are committed to advancing research, collaboration, training and outreach activities that facilitate dialogue, broaden awareness and promote social change.
Our vision: A world that promotes the physical, emotional and social well-being of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Research shows that sexual and gender minorities (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) experience significant mental and behavioral health disparities when compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Sexual minorities report significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression, suicide and substance abuse, among other harmful behaviors. Many of these disparities are systemic at the family, community and societal levels.