LGBT people are more likely to suffer from poor mental and physical health than the wider population, with healthcare professionals often unable to meet their health needs.
Trans people specifically face huge hurdles when trying to access Gender Identity Services, including poor referral processes and incredibly long delays.
A significant number of LGBT people experience discrimination from professionals who should be there to care for them. Almost one in four LGBT people have witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff. In the past year alone, six per cent of LGBT people – including 20 per cent of trans people – have witnessed these remarks.
We want to see committment from the UK government to:
- Address LGBT health inequalities by developing and implementing a strategy that crosses all health and social care agencies, led by the National LGBT Health Advisor
- Improve access to Gender Identity Services, which are currently not equipped to meet the needs of all trans people seeking their services
- Train all frontline health and social care professionals across England to understand and meet the needs of LGBT patients and service users
- End discrimination in blood donation by regularly reviewing the blood donation deferral period for men who have sex with men, setting a clear goal to introduce a system based on individual risk rather than blanket exclusion
- Make sure that gender-neutral HPV vaccination includes a one-year-only catch-up programme in the 2020/21 school year for boys up to the age of 18
- Deliver on the commitment to end new HIV transmissions by 2030, including by making PrEP available through routine commissioning from April 2020
- Update surrogacy law to accurately reflect societal change and meet the needs of surrogates and prospective parents, including LGBT people