Understanding LGBT Health

Understanding LGBT health starts with understanding the history of oppression and discrimination that these communities have faced. For example, in part because bars and clubs were often the only safe places where LGBT individuals could gather, alcohol abuse has been an ongoing problem. Social determinants affecting the health of LGBT individuals largely relate to oppression and discrimination. Examples include: Legal discrimination in access to employment, housing, marriage, adoption… Lack of laws protecting against bullying in schools, at workplace and elsewhere Lack of social programs targeted to and/or appropriate for LGBT youth, adults, and elders Shortage of health care providers who

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