The Los Angeles County Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Women's Health Collaborative (LBQWHC) was created by individuals concerned about health disparities for lesbian, bisexual and queer women in Los Angeles County. Lesbian, bisexual and queer women's health was identified as a priority issue at the 2007 Women's Health Summit sponsored by the L.A. County Department of Public Health's Office of Women's Health. In 2008, the City Council of the City of West Hollywood adopted the Lesbian Health Bill of Rights, which was written by the City of West Hollywood's Lesbian Visibility Committee. Members of the Lesbian Visibility Committee worked with the L.A. County Office of Women's Health to host the first meeting of local key stakeholders in lesbian and bisexual women's health. This evolved into the L.A. County Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Women's Health Collaborative (LBQWHC), established in 2009.
The LBQWHC is made up of individuals and organizations with experience advocating for the health and well-being of lesbian, bisexual and queer women. Members represent health care facilities, government agencies, community organizations, and academic institutions. The LBQWHC recently completed conducting focus groups with under-represented lesbian and bisexual women to solicit their health care opinions and experiences. The data collected from this study will serve as the foundation for improving training and curriculums related to cultural competency targeting health care professionals.
The objectives of the LBQWHC are to:
The LA County Lesbian & Bisexual Women's Collaborative (LBWHC) Resource Guide is the culmination of a collaborative team effort with student interns from the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Education and Resource Center (WHERC). Additional support was provided by the Human Rights Campaign.
* Resources updated May 2020
For more information about the LBQWHC or to schedule a free workshop, please contact: