High #Suicide Risk, Prejudice Plaque #Transgender People. In addition to their higher risk of suicide, transgender people face steeper odds for other health issues. The survey found that 2.64 percent of trans people are infected with #HIV — that's more than four times the national average rate of 0.6 percent in the general population. And 25 percent of the survey respondents reported misusing #drugs or #alcohol specifically to cope with the discrimination they face due to their #gender identity.
California's low smoking rate masks #disparities.The results revealed huge ethnic and #LGBT disparities. #Smoking prevalence among #lesbian, #gay, #bisexual and #transgender Californians was nearly double that of the general population in 2002. LGBT women, specifically, smoked at a rate of 32.5 percent, compared with 11.9 percent for adult women generally.
#Cooper Coming Out May Not Be Shocking, But It Is Great For #LGBT#Health—His letter serves to combat the damaging #stereotypes and #prejudices that still surround the LGBT community, to the detriment of their (and arguably, everyone’s) mental and physical health. According to the National Coalition for LGBT Health, the LGBT population is seriously impacted by mental health concerns and #substance abuse issues due to the stress of living under pervasive #discrimination. Blisstree.com July 2012.
Growing Up #LGBT In America: HRC Survey Polls 10,000 Gay Youth On #Bullying And Education Issues. #Lesbian, #gay, #bisexual and #transgender (LGBT) youth are twice as likely to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked or shoved at school. Ninety-two percent say they hear negative messages about being LGBT through school, the Internet and peers, while 42 percent say the community they live in is not accepting of LGBT people. These behaviors towards LGBT youth can impact their health.