SC Equality estimates that about 4 percent of the population in our state is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). This is close to the proportion of people in the state who are Hispanic/Latino (about 5 percent).
The Human Rights Campaign has recognized nine hospitals in South Carolina as "Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality" (see page 81 for SC results). They participated in the Healthcare Equality Index Survey, which assesses patient non-discrimination policies, equal visitation policies, employment non-discrimination, and training in LGBT Patient-Centered care. (Best practices in these four components are available in pages 21-25).
The report with hospital-specific results is available in the link above. It also includes best practices in LGBT patient services and support, transgender patient services and support, patient self-identification, medical decision-making, employment benefits and policies, and community engagement. (See page 27 for best practices).
South Carolina has local resources for any organization interested in learning how to better serve the LGBTQ community: SC Equality provides free, face-to-face training and support for organizations in all sectors of the economy in South Carolina.
Contact Alexis Stratton for more information about services for your organization.