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LGBTIQ+ and healthcare: a guide to gender-inclusive language

Non-inclusive language can create barriers to quality cancer care

Non-inclusive language can create barriers to quality cancer care for the LGBTIQ+ community

What is gender-inclusive language?

Using gender-inclusive language means speaking and writing in a way that does not discriminate against a particular sex, social gender or gender identity, and does not perpetuate gender stereotypes, says the United Nations .

‘Given the key role of language in shaping cultural and social attitudes, using gender-inclusive language is a powerful way to promote gender equality and eradicate gender bias,’ it states.

Do nurses know enough about it, and why is it important?

‘Nurses are saying there

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