Greater awareness of lesbian and gay healthcare issues needed - Stonewall Cymru research reveals


A report carried out by Stonewall Cymru has revealed some inconsistencies in the standard of healthcare received by lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in North and Mid Wales.

The Inside-Out report highlights concerns about the varied attitudes of health professionals towards LGB service users. 1 in 4 respondents reported experiencing hostile and judgemental attitudes after 'coming out' to healthcare staff. The report also revealed that some gay men felt pressured by healthcare professionals to take HIV/AIDS tests simply because of their sexual orientation, and lesbians were given inappropriate contraceptive advice.

Findings from the report, which will be presented to Welsh Assembly members and healthcare providers, also highlighted a range of positive experiences including non-judgemental attitudes from staff and being treated as equal to heterosexual couples.

'Sara' from North Wales was pleasantly surprised when her partner was included in treatment discussions, "Doctors and Nurses treated my partner equally, sharing information and treating her as my spouse."

Jenny Porter, Community Liaison Officer for Stonewall Cymru, said, The Inside-Out report highlights the need for equality training to be given to all healthcare staff so that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are treated with respect and receive treatment that is appropriate to their needs. While the report highlights some positive experiences there still remains more to be done. We look forward to working with the NHS to ensure LGB people receive the best possible healthcare."

The Inside-Out report is the result of a year long project exploring the experiences of LGB people accessing health services in North and Mid Wales. A team of volunteers were trained as Community Researchers to devise a research programme and produce a final report.

The report will be launched at the OpTIC Technium, St Asaph on Friday 16 March from 4.00pm - 5.30pm and will be followed by a launch at the Welsh Assembly Senedd building on Thursday 22 March from 3.00pm - 4.30pm.

For more information contact: Gareth Davies, Researcher on 07929565727, Jenny Porter, Community Liaison Officer on 01248 370082, Pam Luckock NHS CEHR on 01352 706954 or 07973164058 or Matthew Batten, Policy & Public Affairs Officer, 029 2023 7744

 


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