Stanford Medical Students Want to Help Gay Patients Be Comfortably “Out” in Doctor’s Office – By Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford, Calif. – Every time he goes to a new doctor, Mitchell Lunn faces the question anew: Should he tell his doctor he’s gay?

“The question always comes up,” said Lunn, 27, a medical student from North Dakota at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “Do I want to come out or not?” This hesitancy is common with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients when meeting with a doctor for the first time. Often they’re scared away by homophobic comments, or simply by a basic lack of knowledge on the part of their doctor as to their unique health care concerns.