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UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health

Sexual and gender minorities experience significant health disparities because of myriad overlapping social-ecological, cultural, and political factors. Research findings by our team and others show that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) populations have higher prevalence and incidence of life-threatening physical conditions, mental health problems, substance use, and chronic and infectious disease risk. Despite recent advances to civil rights protections, LGBTQ individuals continue to experience higher rates of stigma, discrimination and violence. They are disproportionately represented among homeless people—often a result of estrangement from their families—and face significant barriers to accessing health care and treatment. 

The UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health, or C-LARAH (larah is derived from the Latin word “hilaris,” meaning cheerful) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities, and committed to sharing our expertise in public health, including epidemiological methods, developing and testing biobehavioral interventions, education and research training, program design and analysis, health policy initiatives and implementation science. We work directly with members of the LGBTQ community and are able to draw upon expansive local and national relationships with state and local public health departments, academic researchers, healthcare providers, community-based organizations, consumer groups, advocacy foundations, and funding agencies. Our familiarity and experience working with the LGBTQ community and allied organizations well-equips us to inform policymakers of the most effectual ways to reach members of this historically marginalized population and how to serve them holistically through all social determinants of health and justice. 


The mission of the UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research and Health (C-LARAH) is to maintain an interdisciplinary, research-driven, evidence-based platform used to carry out public policy initiatives that improve the health and social well-being of sexual and gender minorities. We engage our local and national community, as well as global partners, through cross-culturally informed scholarship, advanced academic training, and civic advocacy. We are deeply invested in intercultural competence and the importance of intersectionality of identities and lived experience; we are committed to conducting research to advance LGBTQ racial/ethnic health disparities.

Current Research Projects

Center Contact: 

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health
Department of Epidemiology
BOX 951772, 71-267 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772

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