The doctor was shocked to learn that Kwong dated men. Such encounters with clinicians, he adds, remain all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT community. HIV and other sexually transmitted infections are not the only serious health problems for which sexual and gender minorities are at elevated risk. Studies show that LGBT populations have the highest rates of tobacco, alcohol, and other substance abuse.
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But for lesbian and bisexual women, that inquiry can feel particularly threatening. Reflection The first step: For practitioners who struggle to identify exactly what they believe, Flemmer suggests this exercise: Often, she says, providers link homosexuality to things like promiscuity or substance abuse — assumptions that could color the care they provide. Same goes for the magazines in the waiting room. Another key environmental cue: However, some clinicians are starting to post symbols, such as rainbows or pink triangles, in their offices to signal acceptance.
The survey contained both quantitative and qualitative items and revealed that many workplaces lacked policies and procedures that would make LGBTQ nurses feel safer and more included and that many coworkers, supervisors, and patients had exhibited discriminatory behavior or verbal harassment, sometimes leading to significant consequences for the LGBTQ worker. LGBTQ nurses expressed a need for a professional organization that would educate the nursing profession and the general population about LGBTQ issues and address their advocacy and health care policy needs. Efforts to correct the current workplace climate for LGBTQ employees would involve a changes in workplace policies, b education of the health care workforce, and c advocacy from nursing professional organizations.
The intensity of a theme should be judged as the product of both the number of individuals who talked about the theme, as well as the number of groups or interviews in which the theme was raised. I wasn't out to myself yet and I wasn't out to anyone else yet. The thing that's really cool about it [being LGBTQ] is I'm a very independent person, and it gives me a sense of, not like standing out, but it gives me a sense of being unique and individual. Responses to a stigmatized identity As for me.