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Groups say LGBTI people must be included in global health

The health of LGBTI people is consistently poorer than the general population and organizations want that to change

Groups say LGBTI people must be included in global health

Leading health groups have called for a global health approach that includes LGBTI people.

A new report was released today by The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) and OutRight Action International. It was written in collaboration with The Global Platform to Fast Track the Human Rights and HIV Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men.

The report calls on countries to recognize and address the impact of stigma, discrimination, violence, and criminalization on health.

Data about the LGBTI health needs is not incomplete globally but what data is available show the health of LGBTI people is consistently poorer than the general population.

‘Disproportionate rates of depression, anxiety, homelessness, problem substance use, and suicide among LGBTI people can each be traced back to the stigma, discrimination, and violence they face worldwide. Connection to community, safety, and security offset the devastating effects of social exclusion,’ said MSMGF executive director, Dr. George Ayala.

The report was released ahead of this year’s United Nations (UN) High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.

One of the goals of July’s forum to be reviewed this year is the third to, ‘ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages;. which is particularly relevant to LGBTI people.

The report also found lesbian and bisexual women, transgender people, and intersex people in particular remain underserved in healthcare systems globally.

‘LGBTI people are well-aware of the health disparities taking hold and stealing lives in their communities, but are being excluded from data collection efforts,’ said OutRight Action International’s Global Research Coordinator, Dr Felicity Daly.

‘As a result, LGBTI communities are rendered invisible and therefore unable to make a convincing case for health financing to address their needs.’

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