Just Say “No Way”, and Teachers Say “Yes!”

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When Do Teachers Support LGBT Students?

A study found that teachers more frequently support and have better attitudes about LGBT students if they work at schools with gay-straight alliances and better LGBT-related professional development. Researchers noted the critical role that supportive teachers can play in improving LGBT student wellbeing and mental health.

Male Trans Youth at Higher Risk of Suicide

A new clinical study of trans patients found that young trans men were three times more likely than young trans women to have attempted suicide, and were also more likely to have engaged in self-harm and to feel unsafe at home. Additionally, trans youth who were unhappy with their weight were twice as likely to have attempted suicide as those who were not. In all, three in ten trans youth had attempted suicide.

BullyingGraphics Illustrate Profound LGB Youth Disparities

These charts are another result of the big new CDC report on LGB youth we reported on last week. They paint a brutal picture. As compared to heterosexual youth, LGB youth are: >3 times more likely to have been forced into intercourse; >2 times more likely to have experienced dating violence; >4 times more likely to have tried heroin; >2 times more likely to have used ecstasy; and >4 times more likely to have attempted suicide.

U.K. Activists Fight for Trans Fitness

The Independent reports on how trans activists in the U.K. have worked to organize fitness groups and gain access to athletic facilities like swimming pools, with the goal of creating a healthy alternative to the usual (and alcohol- and smoke-filled) social spaces of bars and clubs.

These Queer Emoji Say “No Way” to Smoking ThisFreeLife1

Smile! This Free Life ― the largest LGBT health campaign in U.S. history ― has a sweet new package of queer emojis for anyone who can pass a short quiz on LGBT tobacco disparities. You can study up at the very queer anti-tobacco homepage the government recently rolled out.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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The Secret to Great Sex for Bisexual Women

New research on bisexual women in the Midwest found that their best sexual experiences were not defined by orgasms, with only 18% of participants mentioning climax in describing their best sex of the year. Instead, relational and emotional factors (like feeling secure, mutuality of pleasure and intimacy level) were more important.

Supreme Court Halts Bathroom Access for Trans Student

The Supreme Court temporarily halted a judge’s decision in favor of a transgender student whose school will not let him use the appropriate bathroom, a possible sign that the Court will take the case themselves.

LikeQueer Youth “Like” Facebook Public Health Outreach

A study shows that targeted Facebook ads (using keywords including “Katy Perry”) was successful at recruiting queer teen guys for a public health study, bucking the idea that LGBT youth are too hard to identify for research.

Smoking Rates Dropping, But Only for Some Minorities

The CDC made news with a report that smoking has declined in the past decade among some minorities, including African Americans and most Latinos, but did not drop among others like American Indians and Alaska Natives (39% of whom are smokers). The same data showed that LGB people smoke at a 65% higher rate than heterosexuals.

Government Calls for Better LGBT Clinical Care RainbowMedical

The Health Resources and Services Administration called for integration of primary and behavioral health care as a way of improving clinical experiences for LGBT people, who face widespread disparities in behavioral health-related issues like depression and smoking.

NBC Spotlights Injustices Faced by Trans Latina Immigrants

NBC News reports on the risks to health and safety faced by trans Latina immigrants ― both in their home countries and here in the United States ― as intersecting forms of discrimination lead them to encounter violence, homelessness, and coerced sex work.

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FDA Calls for Public Comments on Eliminating Queer Blood Ban

The Food and Drug Administration called for comments on changing the policy that men who have had sex with other men within the past year cannot give blood. Queer men used to face a lifetime ban on giving blood, and many say the FDA’s recent one-year ban does not go far enough in reducing the barrier (and anti-LGBTQ stigma).

WHOIs Transgender Identity a “Mental Disorder”?

The World Health Organization is considering changing its classification of transgender identity from a mental disorder, which some says reinforces stigma and creates a barrier to care, to a “condition related to sexual health.”

For Trans People: Is Distress Caused by Inside or Outside Factors?

A study of transgender individuals in Mexico City seems to bolster the WHO proposal noted above. Researchers found that the distress and social problems faced by trans individuals were caused by violence and rejection, suggesting that gender identity-related distress may be caused by society and not some inherent part of the transgender experience.

Discrimination Linked to Drug Abuse Among Queer Men, Mental Health Disorders Among Women

Researchers found that queer men who had experienced discrimination faced three times the odds of having a drug use disorder compared with other queer men. Among queer women, having experienced discrimination doubled one’s odds of having a mood or anxiety disorder.

Bisexual Teens Have Highest Pregnancy Rates PregTeen

In a new analysis of the ADD Health study researchers found bi women had 1.7x the odds of having a teen pregnancy as compared to heterosexual women. Researchers suggest pregnancy prevention efforts be tailored particularly for the bi community.

 

Trans Equality Championed at Democratic National Convention

Activist Sarah McBride made history as the first transgender person to speak at a presidential convention last week. McBride noted several policy priorities that could improve health equity: a national nondiscrimination bill, measures to reduce violence against trans people of color, and an end to the HIV epidemic that disproportionately burdens transgender women.

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The Good, The Bad, and What You Can Now Get at Walgreens

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Hungry2.2 Million LGBT Adults Went Hungry Last Year

The Williams Institute has a new report and great infographic on food insecurity in the LGBT community. They found 27 percent of LGBT adults (approximately 2.2 million people) didn’t have enough money for food at least once in the last year; that’s 1.6 times the rate of non-LGBT adults. Racial and ethnic minorities were particularly affected, for example 42 percent of LGBT African Americans experienced food insecurity in the past year.

Queer Use of Alternative Tobacco Products Doubles or Triples Average

Annual findings from the largest tobacco survey reporting new information on our use of alternative tobacco products: LGB adults use e-cigarettes at 2 times the rate, cigars and cigarillos at 2.75 times the rate, and hookah at 3.6 times the rate of heterosexuals. Young adults were at highest risk of using all alternative tobacco products.

Federal HIV Initiative Highlights Stories of Trans Women of Color

The CDC’s Act Against AIDS initiative launched a new effort to tell the stories of transgender women of color, a group that is disproportionately impacted by HIV. Stories from Whitney, Jamie, and Jada were accompanied by promotional materials with the goal of sharing positive messages of transgender women living with HIV. 

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Cervical Cancer Doesn’t Care if You Have a Beard 

The first step in changing our health disparities is shining a spotlight on them, so it’s great to see Newsweek report on the challenges faced by trans people with cancer. As they say, there’s a dangerous lack of data on trans cancer issues. Community advocate Kellan Baker notes, the new HHS rule banning trans discrimination is a “game changer” but now the challenge is to get coverage without legal fights.

LGB Older Adults Self-Report Better Health but More Drinking

A new report analyzing two waves of federal LGB survey data shows three notable areas where LGB elders differ then the rest of the population: they are more likely to report being in “Excellent/Very Good Health”; more likely to get a flu shot; and more likely to drink. The researchers caution the small sample may have obscured other differences; the survey they used does have a history of undercounting bisexuals, who usually have more extreme health disparities than lesbians or gay men. 

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Walgreens and Human Rights Campaign are shipping out 70,000 guides on how to make pharmacies LGBT inclusive and competent. The guide includes a primer on LGBT health disparities, including heightened use of alcohol and tobacco, and the healthcare needs of trans individuals.

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Sneak Peek at Massive New Trans Survey Shows Bathrooms Are Major Issue

Over 27,000 people filled out the U.S. Transgender Survey last year; the full findings will be out soon but the good people at National Center for Transgender Equality have fast-tracked the findings on bathrooms. In the last year, 59 percent of trans people avoided using bathrooms, 31 percent avoided eating or drinking for this reason, 12 percent reported bathroom harassment or assault and 8 percent reported resultant kidney problems.

Trans Bathroom Debate Headed To Supreme Court

After a setback at a lower court, the Virginia school board that is trying to prevent a trans student from using the boy’s bathroom petitioned the Supreme Court to review the case. Also, Republican National Convention delegates voted to have language in their platform that condemns bathroom access for trans students as “illegal and dangerous.”

HealthPrideDespite Doctors’ Fears, Patients Don’t Mind Sharing Their Orientation

A new study found that while 80% of Emergency Department providers feared offending their patients by asking sexual orientation on electronic health records, an overwhelming majority of patients are fine answering the question. Sadly, while the study was built in response to a call to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data in health records, it only reports feasibility for sexual orientation.

Congressman Calls for Better LGBT Data Collection After Orlando

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, one of the few LGBT members of Congress,introduced a bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity data collection to the National Violent Death Reporting System to ensure that violent deaths and suicides of LGBT people are tracked. Maloney was inspired to introduce the act after last month’s tragedy in Orlando, as Florida has opted not to collect data on LGBT victims. WeStandSquare

E-Cigarettes Aren’t Just Replacing Cigarettes Among Youths

A new study of Californian students found that the rising popularity of e-cigarettes has caused total teen cigarette use to rise back to 2001 levels, suggesting e-cigarettes are attracting new users and not just replacing traditional cigarettes among existing smokers. Given that other studies have shown bisexual youth andgay and bisexual adults use e-cigarettes far more than others, the new findings suggest the disparity in LGBT tobacco use could increase even more.

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State Marriage Bans Led To Less Stable Queer — And Straight — Couples

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State Marriage Bans Associated With Less Stable Same- AND Opposite-Sex Couples WeddingBands

Relationship stability is a key indicator of well-being. A new study provides some of the first data for this on same-sex couples. Contrary to some hypothesis, same-sex cohabiting couples were as stable as their opposite-sex counterparts. Interestingly,both types of cohabiting couples were less stable in states that had same-sex marriage bans as of 2008.

New More Precise Estimates of Our Health Disparities

Large scale National Health Interview Survey data provide us with better than ever estimates of health disparities for LGB people. As just a few examples: gay men are 2.8x more likely and bi men are 4.7x as likely to report severe psychological distress than straight men; lesbians are 2.3x as likely to report heavy smoking than other women; and bi women are 2x as likely to report multiple chronic conditions. 

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National Parent-Teacher Association Calls For LGBT-Inclusive Health Standards

At its annual convention, the National PTA called for health education standards in schools to cover sexual orientation and gender identity issues, citing the effect that better understanding of these topics has on improving mental health and reducing bullying.

EqCAEquality California Spotlights Health, Supports $2/Pack Cigarette Tax

Equality California has been “honing in on LGBT health issues” after other legislative advancements have been secured statewide. The Executive Director, Rick Zbur, reports they’re working on getting people insured, training doctors to be welcoming, and supporting a proposal to pass a new statewide cigarette tax.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association to Meet on Intersectional Identities

GLMA announced that it is opening registration for its September conference in St. Louis, which will aim to break new ground by focusing on the intersectionality of LGBT identities with those such as race and socioeconomic status.