Health

Members of the LGBTQI community can have special health concerns, physical and psychological,which are effects of homophobia and a heterocentric dominant culture.

The barriers to accessing health care include stigma, discrimination, violence, and rejection by families and communities, as well as inequality in the workplace and health insurance sectors, the provision of substandard care, and outright denial of care because of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.  Some of the top concerns for our community include; HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance use, and sexual and physical violence.

Source:  Kaiser Family Foundation kff.org

 This page offers some resources, insights, and information for healthcare providers and LGBTQI people.

 

Healthcare Providers

To Treat Me, You Have to Know Who I Am  An introductory video that demonstrates some of the concerns of the LGBTQI community.            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUhvjgxgAac    (10:18 duration)                                                                                            HealthWellbeing

Center for American Progress  “How to Close the LGBT Health Disparities Gap” America’s estimated 2.5 million gay seniors are twice as likely to live alone, four times less likely to have adult children to help them, and far more fearful of discrimination from health care workers.      http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/report/2009/12/21/7048/how-to-close-the-lgbt-health-disparities-gap/

Purported “conversion therapy” continues to cause devastation for sexual minorities.

History of Gay to Straight  Rachel Maddow examines the Christian industry’s “gay to straight therapy.”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXK_G55lKSE   (8:51 duration)

The Sissy Boy Experiment, Part One  In 1970, a five-year-old boy named Kirk Murphy was subjected to an ex-gay experiment. Under the care of Dr Ivor Lovaas and George Rekers, then a doctoral student, of UCLA, he underwent therapy to eliminate supposed effeminate behaviors. In 1974, Lovaas and Rekers jointly published a paper about the boy they renamed “Kraig,” heralding his treatment for “childhood cross-gender problems” a success and claiming he had been transformed from a gender-confused homosexual-in-waiting to a healthy, heterosexual young man.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-irAT0viF0  (9:01 duration)

Common Mental Health Problems in the LGBTQI Population: anxiety, depression, addiction, self-harm, suicidal ideation, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia.

 Pride Institute For over 25 years PRIDE Institute has offered hope and healing for lesbian gay, bisexual, and transgender people to fight their addictions in a safe and supportive environment.  http://pride-institute.com/

LGBTQI Individuals

YourHealthYourSayOut for Health   Being open with your healthcare provider about your sexual orientation and gender identity is important in order to receive the best possible care. But many LGBT people are hesitant to share these aspects of themselves with their providers.  Some tips and resources on this important step are here      http://www.outforhealth.org/coming-out-to-your-provider.html

Human Rights Campaign  Coming Out to Your Doctor  http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/coming-out-to-your-doctor       LesbiansPapTests

Human Rights Campaign  For LGBT Patients  It is especially important for members of the LGBT community to take steps to ensure they protect their rights and receive the best care possible. Click on the links below to learn more.  http://www.hrc.org/hei/for-lgbt-patients#.U_6XO2P2pBF

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health  Increasing access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming healthcare services for trans and gender-variant communities  http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/trans?page=lib-community

 Health Self-Advocacy    Health Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your health, and learning how to get information so that you can understand things about your health.  http://www.thecentersd.org/other-resources/health-self-advocacy.html

To Find a Doctor  Check the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Healthcare http://www.glma.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=939&grandparentID=534&parentID=938&nodeID=1

Mental Health Resources

Pride Institute For over 25 years PRIDE Institute has offered hope and healing for lesbian gay, bisexual, and transgender people to fight their addictions in a safe and supportive environment.  http://pride-institute.com/

National Coalition for LGBT Health The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training.  http://lgbthealth.webolutionary.com/about

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