WONCA Special Interest Group: LGBTQ Health

LGBTQ Health

A new WONCA Special Interest Group on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (SIG on LGBTQ) Health was approved by the WONCA Executive in April 2019.

Find out more about Why we need an SIG on LGBTQ health

General membership is open to interested family doctors. For more information email convenor

Convenor / Chair

Rafik Taibjee (UK)

Dr Rafik Taibjee is a family physician (GP) in the practice where he is a partner, serving 9,000 patients in South London, UK, and is a Fellow of the RCGP. He was chair of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists for a number of years, and is passionate about LGBT Issues. He has authored e-learning and book chapters on the subject and created national e-learning packages. He is also a former chair of the British Medical association Equality Committee, working to improve health inequalities. . He has sat on the Trans* Clinical Reference Group for NHS England, and more recently worked with colleagues to try and establish sexual orientation monitoring into NHS primary care in the UK. He is the Training Programme Director for GP Training at King’s College Hospital, London, and trains GPs and medical students in his practice.

Rafik is a Specialty Advisor for the Care Quality Commission, the regulator for General Practice in the UK, involved in practice inspections. He is passionate about collaboration and improving quality, and has chaired the GP federation of 23 practices in Merton. He has delivered presentations on LGBT topics at Wonca conferences, and has been involved in the VdGM and Hippocrates Exchange Programmes. He has an interest in Research in Clinical Practice and has a Masters in Public Health from King’s College London.

Julien Artigny (France)

Dr Julien Artigny is a general practitioner (GP) working in Toulouse in the south of France. He is involved in the CMG (French College of General Practice) as a member of the International Delegation.

He is an LGBT advocate and was co-chair of the “Educational committee” in a regional LGBT association, providing school interventions regarding LGBTphobia. He is working with GP residents as thesis director on LGBT health issues.

Passionate about General Practice and international collaboration, he is the WONCA Europe representative in the Organizational Equity Committee of WONCA World. He is also the Policy Officer of the Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM), European Young Doctors Movement of WONCA and chair of Saint-Exupery Network, French association promoting international opportunities for GPs.

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Co-Convenor or other office bearers

Executive Members


Membership Open?

Vision and Mission of WONCA SIG on LGBTQ Health

Objectives of the WONCA SIG on LGBTQ Health

a) Educate family physicians and general practitioners about the healthcare inequities experienced by patients who identify as LGBTQ
b) Provide evidence-based resources for the healthcare of LGBTQ patients
c) Facilitate and create international research focusing on LGBTQ health in PHC
d) Connect LGBTQ-identified and ally family physicians and general practitioners in a safe and affirming space within the WONCA organization

Publications & Documents


Potential collaboration with WONCA Working Parties and Special Interest Groups:

• Working Party on Education
• Working Party on Ethical Issues
• Working Party on Mental Health
• Working Party on Research
• SIG on Family Violence
• SIG on Health Equity
• SIG on Adolescents and Young Adult Health

Potential collaborating international NGOs

• World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
• GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality


Relevant Resources

WONCA Organizational Equity Committee. Statement on LGBTQ. 2018.

Global Conference on Primary Health Care, Declaration of Astanta, October 2018.

ILO, OHCHR, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UN Women, WFP, WHO and UNAIDS. Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (UN statement). September 2015.

PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, Addressing the causes of disparities in health service access and utilization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) persons, October 2013.

“Prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men and transgender people” WHO, Department of HIV/AIDS, June 2011.

World Health Organization. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Adopted 10 December 1948.

World Report 2019. Human Rights Watch. Available online: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019.

Ream GL. What’s Unique About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth and Young Adult Suicides? Findings from the National Violent Death Reporting System. Journal of Adolescent Health. Jan 2019.

Almeida J, Johnson RM, Corliss HL, Molnar BE, Azrael D. Emotional Distress Among LGBT Youth: The Influence of Perceived Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation. J Youth Adolescence, 2019.

Brown TNT, Herman JL. Intimate partner violence and sexual abuse among LGBT people. 2015.

Gates GJ. How many people are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender? 2011.