Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Smith, Laurie


Little research exists on the health education and healthcare-seeking attitudes and experiences of LGBTQ+ people of color, especially in areas that are considered low-income. This study sought to find the barriers to sexual healthcare for LGBTQ+ people of color in the Inland Empire. This study was a quantitative, exploratory study that utilized a non-random selection and convenience sample method. Data was collected from seventy-eight participants through an anonymous online survey distributed by an LGBTQ+-centered agency and analyzed with SPSS. It was found that most participants experienced a disconnect between the topics they wanted to learn about in sex education and the topics they learned about. It was also found that participants perceive that acceptance of LGBTQ+ people has shifted positively in the last 10 years. Another finding is that participants were generally unaware of many accessible LGBTQ+-centered services. It is recommended that more research be done on the causes of these barriers. This study also implies that changes need to be made in policy and social work education relating to more accessibility and knowledge of LGBTQ+ sex education topics.