Wednesday, July 5, 2017

LGBT Health & Well Being Report

The United Nations needs to address the health & well-being of our LGBTI people. A new report released by OutRight Action International & the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) just ahead of this year’s United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development calls on countries to recognize & address the impact of stigma, discrimination, violence & criminalization has on the health of our LGBT community. While data regarding LGBTI health needs are inadequate & incomplete across the globe the data that is available demonstrate that the health of LGBTI people is consistently poorer than the general population. Dr. Felicity Daly OutRight Action International’s Global Research Coordinator stated, “LGBTI people are well-aware of the health disparities taking hold & stealing lives in their communities, but are being excluded from data collection efforts. As a result, LGBTI communities are rendered invisible & therefore unable to make a convincing case for health financing to address their needs.” Dr. George Ayala MSMGF Executive Director added, “Disproportionate rates of depression, anxiety, homelessness, problem substance use & suicide among LGBTI people can each be traced back to the stigma, discrimination & violence they face worldwide. Connection to community, safety & security offset the devastating effects of social exclusion.” The HLPF will take place at UN headquarters in New York from July 10th to 19th.
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