Rural Communities


A comprehensive report written by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) detailing the challenges and possibilities of rural American life as an LGBT person. The report reflects the positives of rural life, while acknowledging that systemic and environmental systems that discriminate against LGBT people are often present in rural communities. LGBT people should not have to choose between basic protections and the place they call home; MAP’s recommendation is to pass non-discrimination protections at the federal, state, and local levels, expand LGBT competency training in rural areas, and continuing to address the systemic roadblocks facing LGBT community members.

LGBTQ Healthcare: Building Inclusive Rural Practices

This report from the Rural Health Information Hub addresses the difficulties that LGBT people in rural communities face trying to access inclusive, nondiscriminatory healthcare. Rural communities already have limited choice in healthcare providers, and holding an LGBT identity only amplifies this problem. The report suggests solutions that would improve interactions between LGBT patients and their providers.

LGBT Health in the Midlands: A Rural/Urban Comparison of Basic Health Indicators

This article is a comparative study of the health of urban and rural LGBT people. Conducted via an online survey, demographic data was collected, along with specific data about their general health, whether they had health insurance, and specific questions about the LGBT experience.