Post by : Akshara Palshetkar | Post on : August 20, 2020 at 11:51 am
While addressing health factors among sexual minorities and heterosexual beings one observes disparity among them. According to observations conducted by researchers, sexual minority women are more likely to lack health insurance and there is also a lack of medically trained personnel for the LGBTQ+ community.
Kerith Conron, an associate research scientist at Northeastern University, with his team developed research on the difference of the health conditions between homosexual and heterosexual people. According to her, the probability of gay men suffering from obesity is very low. On the contrary, lesbians are more prone to obesity as compared to heterosexual women. Conron says, “risk factors for chronic health problems are prevalent among sexual minorities and need to be added to our list of concerns.” Therefore, medical facilities need to be provided to them appropriately without any disparity.
One of the issues Conron discusses is the increasing and negative social factors which include the stereotypical behaviour towards people of third genders. These social factors influence and affect a lot of health conditions in them. Therefore, Conron suggests that improving these factors and regulating the manner of urban living can guarantee reduced health disparities between different genders.
The Institute on Urban Health Research (IUHR) promotes the improvement of personal and public health of people living in urban communities. Apart from this, it becomes a responsibility of every community to contribute towards making a sustainable and comfortable environment for homosexual individuals. The disparities they face are related to problems like social stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights which can cause high rates of psychiatric/psychological disorders and biological disorders. As a part of the research, the state needs to engage in developing more number of surveys that collect information on sexual orientation and gender identity of the LGBTQ community.