Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) community is made up of people from diverse
backgrounds, and its members vary by race, ethnicity, age, income, and
education. For some, their sexual orientation or gender identity is
central to their self-concept, while for others, this is not the case.
Despite differences among LGBT people, one experience many share is
encountering stigma or discrimination. This social inequality is often
associated with poorer health status.
Evidence indicates that Wisconsin's
LGBT youth and adults experience greater adverse health outcomes with
regard to alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, safety and violence, mental
health, and HIV/AIDS when compared to their non-LGBT peers.
In order to create a health
promoting environment and to reduce health inequities, LGBT persons must
have access to culturally competent medical treatment and prevention
services and must be included in public health outreach programs. The
first step toward accomplishing this goal is to make the LGBT community,
service providers, educators, and the broader public aware of health
issues affecting LGBT people and to make resources available to address
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This website is
designed to increase knowledge about LGBT health disparities and
LGBT health resources in Wisconsin.
April 08, 2013