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Sexual Orientation

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New Obamacare Regulations Protect Transgender People From Discrimination In Health Care

In a major push for transgender rights, the Obama administration on Thursday announced that it will extend the current healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to treat all patients equally, regardless of sex or gender identity. Under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, … Continue reading

On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama Promises To Keep Fighting For LGBT Rights

In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama this weekend vowed to “keep fighting, for however long it takes, until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights.” The president, who just last month called for an end to “conversion” therapy for gay youth, proclaimed in … Continue reading

Leading Physicians’ Group: Give LGBT People Full Rights

The nation’s second-largest physicians’ group has come out strongly in support of LGBT equality, criticizing discriminatory laws and calling for inclusive policies that will improve the health of the LGBT population. In a position paper published earlier this week, the American College of Physicians decried the entrenched disparities faced by LGBT individuals and recommended specific … Continue reading

Making The Public Health Case For Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage cases that will determine whether individuals of all sexual orientations have the constitutional right to be married in their own states and to have those marriages recognized by other states. As of now, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states. … Continue reading

New Research Highlights Health Disparities Facing LGBTQI Community

Hoping to shed light on an understudied population, researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center have conducted a first-of-its-kind study exploring health disparities among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer/questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) community. The researchers found that the LGBTQI population faces many health disparities due to reduced access to health care and health insurance, coupled with … Continue reading

STUDY: LGBT Kids Who Come Out In High School Have Better Long-Term Health Outcomes

A new study finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids who come out during high school suffer lower rates of depression and anxiety and higher rates of self-esteem, long-term, than those who hide their identity from their peers — even if they’re bullied as a result of coming out. The study, published in the current … Continue reading

‘They Aren’t Confused’: Landmark Study Shows Transgender Children Have Consistent, ‘Deeply-Held’ Gender Identity

Transgender children as young as 5 years-old demonstrate consistent gender identity across a variety of implicit gender-association measures, according to a landmark study to be published in the journal Psychological Science. The study found that the responses of children who identify as transgender are indistinguishable from those of children who do not identify as trans, … Continue reading

Study Investigates How Gender And Sexual Orientation Influence Sexual Satisfaction

A new study by researchers from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University investigates how orgasm occurrence varies by gender and sexual orientation, and finds that single women are less likely to experience an orgasm than single men. But lesbian women are more likely to orgasm during sex than … Continue reading

‘A Human Rights Issue’: Working Group Calls For Removal Of ‘Sexual Orientation Disorders’ From International Classification Of Diseases

A working group evaluating sexual orientation-related disorders listed in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a publication of the World Health Organization (WHO), has recommended the disorders be deleted, a move that will make getting health care easier for gays and others who may identify with non-heterosexual orientations. The recommendation echoes policies of the leading U.S. … Continue reading

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Individuals Risk Psychiatric Disorders From Discriminatory Policies

A study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health examining the effects of institutional discrimination on the psychiatric health of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) individuals found an increase in psychiatric disorders among the LGB population living in states that instituted bans on same-sex marriage. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, is … Continue reading

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