Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness visit our page dedicated to the topic here.
Even A Drop of Queer Increases Victimization
Researchers found survey respondents reporting they were “mostly heterosexual” are 47% more likely than exclusively heterosexual people to have experienced childhood sexual or physical violence, abuse, or neglect.
JAMA Dermatology Issues Call To Action On Gay Male Skin Cancer
One more study just came out showing queer men were up to twice as likely to report skin cancer versus non-queer men. The study’s findings were so alarming that JAMA Dermatology, a scientific journal focused on skin health, issued a call to action.
Not Passing Can Hurt Health For Trans People
A new study found that people who are recognized in public as transgender are more likely to face discrimination and harassment, which in turn makes them more likely to smoke, use drugs and attempt suicide.
Smoking Linked to Systematic And Everyday Discrimination
Researchers recently found a link between smoking and systematic or everyday discrimination among trans folks. Having an I.D. with one’s preferred gender, having private insurance and some college all decreased the likelihood of smoking.
North Carolina Gets its First Clinic for Trans Children, Youth
Good news! Duke University Medical just opened a health center for transgender youth and children. The Center for Child and Adolescent Gender Care is the first of its kind in North Carolina and one of only a few in the South. Go Duke!
Obamacare Increases Health Insurance Access for LGB
A new study found that since 2013 heath the percentage of LGB people with health insurance has jumped a whopping 10%! Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, now nearly 9 in 10 LGB Americans are insured.