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How to Close the LGBT Health Disparities Gap December 21, 2009

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From the Center for American Progress

I strongly encourage you to read this article, then email or mail it to your local physician, clinics and hospitals, medical school, nursing schools as well as local LGBT Healthcare groups. Click here to open PDF lgbt_health_disparities

The article contains a lot of statistics for different health issues.

Health Disparity #13:Transgender adults are much more likely to have suicide ideation.

% of adults reporting suicide ideation
2% heterosexual
5% homosexual
50% transgender
Health Disparity #14: LGB youth are much more likely to attempt suicide.
% of youth reporting suicide attempts
10% heterosexual
35% homosexual

How to Close the LGBT Health Disparities Gap

By Jeff Krehely December 21, 2009

Summary and introduction

In the past decade lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people have made
rapid progress in winning and securing equal rights.
However, members of the LGBT population continue to experience
worse health outcomes than their heterosexual counterparts. Due to factors like low
rates of health insurance coverage, high rates of stress due to systematic harassment and
discrimination, and a lack of cultural competency in the health care system, LGBT people
are at a higher risk for cancer, mental illnesses, and other diseases, and are more likely to
smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs, and engage in other risky behaviors.

How to Close the LGBT Health Disparities Gap

We can only estimate the full extent of LGBT disparities due to a consistent
lack of data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity.
No federal health survey includes a question on sexual orientation or
gender identity, and only a few states ask respondents their sexual orientation
or gender identity, severely limiting researchers’ ability to fully
understand the LGBT population’s needs and hindering the development
of public policies and programs that seek to improve the LGBT
population’s health and well-being.


To overcome this lack of data and make it easier for researchers and
advocates to get a full and accurate accounting of LGBT health outcomes
and needs—and ultimately to close the gap between the health
and well-being of LGBT people and the heterosexual population—the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services should establish a
dedicated Office of LGBT Health.

This office would take the lead in
coordinating a consistent and scientifically driven response across
HHS to LGBT health issues. A top priority of this office should be to
ensure that any federally funded health study that collects demographic
information—be it age, sex, race, ethnicity, primary language, or socioeconomic
status—must also include questions about sexual orientation
and gender identity.

This memo will outline the health disparities LGBT populations face,
look at why these disparities occur, and examine why we need better
data on these populations and what we can do to solve this problem.
LGBT health disparities.

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