Moving Beyond Queer Health Stereotypes

LGBTQ communities face multiple health risks but the media ignores this fact.

LGBT HealthLink, The Network for Health Equity

Head Shot Scout 2014 lo res by Scout, Ph.D.

“Epic fail,” my friend texted me Thursday. I clicked on the attached link to see what he was talking about. Oh. Washington Post had published a story, Who still smokes in the United States — in seven simple charts, and in it they decided to ignore one point from the original study — the numbers showing LGB people smoke at rates over 40 percent higher than others.

To understand how upsetting this story was let me frame it a bit for you. Years ago I was one of several people in small meetings with officials at the federal government strategizing how we could get LGBT data collection on the most often cited federal health survey. There was some front room dealing, some back room dealing and lots of public pressure to get these data collected. Then I stepped through a painful process whereby the feds started…

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A disabled, trans/agender fairy bear living in the American Southwest and passionate about social justice, the environment, Trans/ LGBTQIA+ equality and combating bullying.
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