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Compassionately Caring for LGBT Persons in Your Faith Community

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31826f9302
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Compassionately Caring for LGBT Persons in Your Faith Community


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General Purpose Statement

To provide registered professional nurses with an understanding of ways to extend God's love to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article and taking this test, you should be able to:

  1. Define lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and transsexual and discuss issues related to LGBT persons.
  2. Identify healthcare risks for members of the LGBT community.
  3. List ways to be more helpful and welcoming to LGBT persons in a faith setting.
  1. The average age a person first experiences same-sex attraction is
    1. 13 years of age.
    2. 16 years of age.
    3. 18 years of age.
    4. 21 years of age.
  2. At what age does the average person “come out?”
    1. 15
    2. 18
    3. 20
    4. 23
  3. Gay is an acceptable term for
    1. a person who is romantically attracted to both men and women.
    2. a person who is bisexual.
    3. men whose romantic attractions are mostly toward men.
    4. someone or something “bad” or “weird.”
  4. Which statement is true regarding transgenderists?
    1. They never take hormonal therapy.
    2. They have had surgical gender reassignment procedures.
    3. They are men, not women.
    4. They live in their cross gender role.
  5. A Native American term that denotes someone who identifies with both the female and male gender is
    1. gender queer.
    2. two-spirit.
    3. transsexual.
    4. gender neutral.
  6. All of the following are acceptable terms for young persons who have an attraction and/or behavior focused mainly on members of the same gender except
    1. gay.
    2. lesbian.
    3. faggot.
    4. queer.
  7. Which statement is true regarding gays/lesbians and religion?
    1. Very few gays/lesbians consider themselves Christians.
    2. One half of the gay/lesbian population attends church regularly.
    3. One can assume a person is heterosexual based on where they worship.
    4. Gays/lesbians attend a wide spectrum of churches.
  8. The number of hate crime incidents between 2000 and 2003 that were based on sexual orientation numbered at least
    1. 11,300.
    2. 24,700.
    3. 37,800.
    4. 49,200.
  9. In a 2009 survey, how did public school LGBT students report being treated because of their sexual orientation?
    1. 17.3% reported threatening behaviors
    2. 24.1% reported physical assaults
    3. 45.2% reported physical harassment
    4. 84.6% reported verbal harassment
  10. Compared to straight persons, LGBT persons are
    1. more likely to use tobacco.
    2. less likely to be obese.
    3. more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases.
    4. less likely to have an increased risk of cardiovascular illness.
  11. Lesbians are more likely than straight persons to have
    1. risk factors for breast cancer.
    2. risk factors for colon cancer.
    3. lower risks for certain gynecological cancers.
    4. lower risks for skin cancers.
  12. Gay men and bisexuals are more likely than straight persons to have
    1. a decreased risk of hepatitis (despite being sexually active).
    2. problems related to unsafe silicone injections.
    3. an eating disorder.
    4. uncontrolled or aberrant sexual drives.
  13. Compared to heterosexuals, LGBT adults are
    1. much more likely to report mental health concerns.
    2. 2 times more likely to suffer from anxiety.
    3. more than twice as likely to attempt suicide.
    4. 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
  14. A resource for crisis and suicide prevention for LGBT youth recommended by the author is
    2. the
  15. If an LGBT person expresses suicidal ideation, the author recommends telling him
    1. you understand what he is going through.
    2. that God loves him very much.
    3. that he should try to be heterosexual.
    4. the church has rejected him, but you have not.
  16. A nurse can be welcoming to LGBT persons by doing any of the following except
    1. speaking out against discrimination.
    2. demonstrate the love God has for all people.
    3. shame LGBT persons into changing their ways.
    4. reach out to all, especially those who struggle to “fit in.”
  17. As noted in the article, the National Day of Silence, hosted by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, is to
    1. protest bullying and anti-LGBT name calling.
    2. remember the torture and murder of Matthew Shepard.
    3. encourage LGBT persons to “come out.”
    4. encourage lawmakers to enact legislation for LGBT persons.
  18. “Ally” training, to learn to advocate for LGBT persons, is also known as
    1. “Buddy” training.
    2. “Safe Zone” training.
    3. “Stand Up” training.
    4. “Reach Out” training.


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