The Code of Ethics for Nurses (2001) compels us to “practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and unique attributes of every individual.” Moreover, the Academy has a strong record of opposing health inequities and advancing a culturally competent workforce.
In July 2011 the Academy Board approved the initiation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Health Expert Panel to provide input on issues affecting the health care of individuals within the LGBTQ community, promoting nursing participation in research on LGBTQ health, and developing policy recommendations to reduce health inequities based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The panel reinforces the Academy's commitment to diversity and inclusion and aligns the Academy with the Institute of Medicine in recognizing the importance of research efforts on LGBTQ health, as identified in the April 2011 IOM report: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.
The American Academy of Nursing declares its support for marriage equality. Marriage is an institution of central importance in the U.S., bringing with it a large number of social, economic and legal rights and benefits. Denying the right to marry is a powerful, far reaching, and particularly harmful form of discrimination. Marriage equality will contribute to achieving access to high-quality, comprehensive, culturally sensitive, dignified and respectful health care for all persons.
Policy & News:
- Academy President's Letter to US Secretary of Defense Opposing Discrimination of Transgenders Serving in Military (August 8, 2017)
- Press Release: Academy Supports Initiatives to Address Health of Transgender Individuals (October 13, 2016)
- Press Release (June 26, 2015): Academy Commends U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage
- Press Release (June 17, 2015): Academy Opposes Reparative Therapy and Employment Discrimination Against LGBT Individuals
- Position Statement: Academy Statement on Reparative Therapy. Nursing Outlook 63 (May 2015) 368-369.
- Position Statement: Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Nursing Outlook 63 (May 2015) 366-367
- Press Release (March 6, 2015): GLMA, Academy and Sullivan & Worcester Submit Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court in Marriage Equality Cases
- Policy Brief: Implementing culturally competent care. Nursing Outlook 63 (March 2015) 227-229.
- Press Release (February 23, 2015): Academy Announces Strong Support for the Rights of Hospitalized LGBT Individuals
- Policy Brief: Same-sex partnership rights: Health care decision making and hospital visitation. Nursing Outlook 63 (January 2015) 95.
- Press Release (June 26, 2013): American Academy of Nursing Supports the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage Equality
- News Article (June 26, 2013): Nurse.com - Nursing groups praise ruling on marriage equality
- Advance for Nurses (July 28, 2012): American Academy of Nursing Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage
- Press Release (July 16, 2012): American Academy of Nursing Declares Support for Marriage Equality
- Position Statement: Health Care for Sexual Minority and Gender Diverse Populations. (July 11, 2012).
- Position Statement: Support for Marriage Equality. (July 11, 2012).
- Press Release (April 5, 2011): American Academy of Nursing Applauds Release of IOM Report on LGBT Health