LGBTQ+ Health Resources

As a celebration of Pride month in the UK, we wanted to share with you some resources about health and wellbeing which affect specific genders and sexualitites. Your healthcare experience is shaped by many aspects of your life. Gender and sexuality are no exception. LGBTQ+ equality is something which affects us all and it is important to be mindful of gaps in our current healthcare system, as well as ways in which things are starting to improve.

Please note that we have included transgender health resources in this post. While these resources are incredibly important, it is important to remember and respect that not all transgender people identify as LGBT.

We have tried to provide a range of resources, from a variety of medias and a variety of enagement times. We have also spoken to many members of the LGBTQ+ community when writing this blog to check the validity of these resources. Please do contact us if you wish to add anything to the blog and we hope you enjoy what we have to offer.

Queer: A Graphic History

Illustration of a person walking with an umbrella in a blue suit. The puddle is rainbows. Book cover

Meg-John Barker is an academic specialising in LGBTQ+ rights and theory. They have written this book to provide a brief history on gender theory, looking at the biological and societal definitions of sex. It is beautifully illustrated by Julia Scheele and an excelled introduction into queer theory and its wider implications on health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people.

You and Yours Podcast: What is it like to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Britain today?

This podcast, linked in the heading, gives a platform for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to talk about their experiences. It is only 45 minutes long and covers a huge range of topics, including ‘straight performing’ behaviour and the effect this can have on the mental health of LGBTQ+ people.

LGBT Health Website

This fantastic website is a collection of resources and advice for health needs more common/specific to the LGBTQ+ community. It includes this ‘coming out stories’ video, which details some coming out stories from people in Scotland.

Fife LGBT Community needs assesment (conducted 2015, published 2016)

This report looks at the wider health and wellbeing implications for LGBTQ+ people living in fife. It documents the responses of over 148 people and their experiences at work, home and in the community.

Section 3 in particular looks at health inequalities of LGBTQ+ people, who are more likely to experience high levels of stress, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and drug use.

Although the report is about the residents of Fife, it poses strong questions for the health of LGBTQ+ people in the UK generally.

There is also a shorter version of the report available for people who want a quick skim.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Report

This short report by healthypeople.gov explains why LGBTQ+ health is important and how it can affect physical aspects of health. It explains that lesbian women are more likely to experience weight gain than heterosexual women and offers explanations which include high stress levels.

The bottom of the report has 36 references with extra readings based on surveys with gay, lesbian and transgender people.

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding Report

This longer academic report, though slightly outdated, compares the health of LGBTS+ people against the World Health Organisation’s definition of a healthy person. It also explores how someone’s sexuality and gender can combine with other factors (such a culture, geography, age, ethnicity) to influence their health.

ABOAB Typeface by Sanghee Chu

This font was designed by D&AD New Blood entrant, Sanghee Chu to campaign against the outdated law which omitted gay men giving blood within 6 months of sexual contact. It was a matter of sexual behaviours not of sexual orientation. For these reasons, the new type system was created for gay men using LGBT coloured lines that connect transfusion IV.

The letters A B O and AB makde out of rainbow wires encased in a red tube.
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