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The nursing community’s discriminatory attitude towards LGBTQ individuals

Manar Aslan (Faculty of Health Sciences, Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey)
Eylem Paslı Gürdoğan (Faculty of Health Sciences, Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey)

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

ISSN: 2056-4902

Article publication date: 12 May 2021




Equality is a basic human right. However, LGBTQ individuals often have their human rights violated because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. They also experience discrimination because of homophobic and transphobic attitudes. They frequently deal with derisive attitudes at school, are discriminated against in the workplace and struggle to access health services. This paper aims to determine the discriminatory attitudes of nurses in their social and professional lives toward LGBTQ individuals.


This study involved 503 nurses and used a questionnaire to examine their views regarding members of the LGBTQ community. The questionnaire consisted of 24 questions. Ten experts from the fields of social psychology, sociology, and nursing provided the necessary inputs, which were subsequently incorporated into the questionnaire.


The nurses were found to have a negative attitude toward LGBTQ individuals; they felt that they should not be allowed to live in comfort in Turkey and that they disrupted the social order and compromised public morality. It was observed that married (in general), male (in particular), and have fewer nursing education nurses are much more likely to have a discriminatory attitude toward LGBTQ people, and they were more discriminatory in their society rather than in their professional lives.


According to the principles of justice and equality, which are a prominent part of the nursing code of ethics – “With the awareness that all people have equal rights, the nurse serves regardless of race, language, religion, age, gender, belief, social and economic status and political opinion” – nurses should not have a discriminatory attitude. This study reveals the inequality and the ethical problems that riddle Turkey’s health sector.



Conflict of interest statement: No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.


Aslan, M. and Paslı Gürdoğan, E. (2021), "The nursing community’s discriminatory attitude towards LGBTQ individuals", International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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