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How you can make LGBT-inclusive health and social care a reality

Our health is one of the most valuable things we have.

Knowing that we have somewhere to turn when our health is in crisis is crucial. But for many LGBT people, this still isn’t the case.

This election is our chance to make LGBT-inclusive health and social care a reality for all.

The truth is that discrimination in health and social care continues to blight the experiences of many LGBT people. Our 2018 Health Report found that many LGBT people – particularly those who are trans – continue to be ‘outed’ without their consent, treated with inappropriate curiosity and subjected to unequal treatment because of who they are.

Discrimination – both experienced and expected – can deter LGBT people from accessing help when they’re in need.

This discrimination – both experienced and expected – can deter LGBT people from accessing help when they’re in need: one in seven LGBT people, including more than a third of trans people, have avoided treatment for fear of prejudice.

These findings are made even more worrying because LGBT people continue to experience poorer mental and physical health than non-LGBT people. In the last year alone, half of LGBT people have experienced depression and three in five have suffered from anxiety. These figures are even higher for trans people, bi people, LGBT people of colour, LGBT young people and LGBT disabled people.

And for trans people in particular, there continue to be huge barriers to accessing Gender Dysphoria Services, including poor referral processes and ever-growing waiting lists. 

It’s clear that so much more needs to be done until every LGBT person can grow up healthy and supported to be themselves.

That’s why one of our main priorities this election is LGBT-inclusive health and social care.

We’re calling on all political parties to commit to developing a national strategy to increase LGBT inclusion across all health and social care agencies.

We’re calling on all political parties to commit to developing a national strategy to increase LGBT inclusion across all health and social care agencies, led by the National LGBT Health Advisor.

This should include mandatory training for all health and social care professionals so that they can meet the needs of LGBT people, and improved monitoring of patients’ sexual orientation and trans status so that LGBT health inequalities can be identified and addressed.

You can read more about what we’re calling for across health and social care, and more, in our 2019 General Election Manifesto. And you can learn more about what major political parties have committed to.

Find out who your local candidates are and ask them where they stand on LGBT equality.

This election is an opportunity for us to decide what kind of country we want to live in. Make your voice heard and #ComeOutVoting on 12 December.