Health

The Importance of Health in The LGBT Community

How a person feels inside and out is always important. Those of the LGBT community are no different in this regard.  Unfortunately when it comes to health care many within the LGBT community have encountered stiff resistance to their needs. There are certain barriers that members of the LGBT community face when attempting to access common health services, such as:

Discrimination

Many studies that have been conducted have reported several LGBT members not bothering to disclose their sexual identity for fear of being outed and ostracized by others.  This makes it increasingly difficult to receive proper medical care as well as any needed counseling that might otherwise alleviate the stress and anxiety brought on by such emotional trauma that can be incurred.  Discriminatory practices are not legal, but are very prevalent when an LGBT community member is involved.

Pathological Assumptions

Among the many discriminatory and unethical practices this is undoubtedly one of the worst as it opens a veritable Pandora’s box of problems once opened.  Many of those who identify as trans or intersex for medical purposes are still thought, in certain parts of the world, to be mentally ill. It is a pathology some would say, a confusion of gender that leads to sterilization and normalization procedures that are largely unneeded and even immoral in several cases.

There are health risks that are especially poignant within the LGBT community, but are not specifically confined to those individuals. AIDS/ HIV is a very real danger, and mental illness is a highly prevalent condition brought on by biological, psychological, and social factors.  So long as people who identify as LGBT are discriminated against, the danger to their mental state will remain.  This can lead to physical health issues, eating disorders, bouts of anxiety, and even suicidal tendencies in more severe cases.