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We're In the Middle of National LGBT Health Awareness Week

Posted by libhom Monday, March 29, 2010

March 28 - April 3 is National LGBT Health Awareness Week. This is an issue that really hits home for me. In addition to all the problems straight people have to deal with during situations they need healthcare, I have a whole other set of issues. I try to find queer or queer friendly practitioners, but that isn't always an option. I have to figure out whether or when to come out to them and how to deal with any possible adverse reactions. When you add that to a healthcare system that keeps getting more and more devastated by the greed and corruption of the HMOs and health insurers, it's a lot.

I know that far from makes me unique. Those are issues that all queers have to deal with. That's why I think it's especially important for us to focus on it at least once a year with particular intensity.

Thanks to Queers United for publicizing this!

Learn More About the National Coalition for LGBT Health and Queer Health Issues in General!

3 comments

  1. Thank you to you as well for publicizing it :)

     
  2. Thomas Says:
  3. My Dad recently had colon cancer and had to agonize over telling his doctor that he was bisexual for fear that this might be a reason to deny treatment. Ultimately, he went back to England* to be treated by the national health rather than face American insurance companies.

    Thank you for helping to raise awareness on this subject.


    * He had been planning on going back for quite some time and it was just his illness that tipped the balance. I don't want to make it seem like he was driven away by the American health system, alone.

     
  4. Adam R. Says:
  5. My primary physician is in the Castro. (I am most definitely in the minority in that waiting room.)

    I actually wondered how he would react, if and when I "came out" to him. He was visibly surprised, but he didn't say anything.

     

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