“Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have special health concerns besides the usual ones that affect most men and women”.1

Umbrella
What may the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Bi
  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Intersex
  • Lesbian
  • Questioning
  • Transgender
  • Trans

Terminology

What is Bi?

DotS Bi can be an abbreviation for Bisexual.

What is GLBT?

DotS GLBT can be an abbreviation for Gay, Lesbian, Bi/Bisexual and Trans/Transgender.

What is GLBTI?

DotS GLBTI can be an abbreviation for Gay, Lesbian, Bi/Bisexual, Trans/Transgender and Intersex.

What is LGBT?

DotS LBGT can be an abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.

What is LGBTI?

DotS LGBTI can be an abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex.

Different Differences

Are there LGBT differences?

Yes. For example the (Australian) Beyondblue note on their website:

“Throughout this website lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and bodily, gender, and sexuality diverse people and communities are referred to with the acronym LGBTI. We recognise that there are distinct differences across the individual identities and bodily states in these communities and a wide range of diversity”.2

Health Concerns

What health concerns may LGBTs have?

In Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Health: Summary the (United States) MedlinePlus note:

“Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have special health concerns besides the usual ones that affect most men and women”.3

Depression and Anxiety

What factors may lead to LGBT depression and anxiety?

In Factors Affecting LGBTI People Beyondblue elaborate on:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
“The majority of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people lead happy, healthy, fulfilling lives. However, studies have found that non-heterosexual people face up to twice as much abuse or violence (including physical, mental, sexual or emotional) than their heterosexual counterparts. This prejudice and discrimination adds an additional layer of risk on top of biological, social, environmental and psychological factors which can lead to depression, anxiety and suicide”.4

In Factors Affecting LGBTI People: Lesbians and Other Women Attracted To Women Beyondblue also note:

“The Rainbow Women and Help Seeking Research Report identified that lesbian and bisexual women and women who identify with other sexual orientations such as asexual and pansexual have high rates of stress, distress, depression and anxiety. Other research shows that bisexual and lesbian women experience higher levels of diagnosis or treatment for a mental health condition compared to same-sex attracted women”.5

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with my health?

If you would like help with your health, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

Health Topics A-Z

Where may I find Health Topics related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health?

In Health Topics A-Z you may find:

Links

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Sources

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You may find the Sources quoted at:

Sources

  1. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Health: Summary. Page Last Updated on: 08 January 2020. Topic Last Reviewed: 14 May 2018. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/gaylesbianbisexualandtransgenderhealth.html Accessed: 18 March 2020
  2. Factors Affecting LGBTI People. 1. Beyondblue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/lesbian-gay-bi-trans-and-intersex-lgbti-people/factors-affecting-lgbti-people Accessed: 18 March 2020
  3. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Health: Summary. Page Last Updated on: 08 January 2020. Topic Last Reviewed: 14 May 2018. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/gaylesbianbisexualandtransgenderhealth.html Accessed: 18 March 2020
  4. Factors Affecting LGBTI People. Beyondblue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/lesbian-gay-bi-trans-and-intersex-lgbti-people/factors-affecting-lgbti-people Accessed: 18 March 2020
  5. Factors Affecting LGBTI People – Lesbians and Other Women Attracted To Women. Beyondblue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/lesbian-gay-bi-trans-and-intersex-lgbti-people/factors-affecting-lgbti-people Accessed: 18 March 2020
Topic Last Updated: 18 May 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 18 March 2020
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