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This is the main article for the Category:Sexual orientation and medicine

This article discusses issues related to sexual orientation and medicine including medical associations and societies, medical schools, health, health policy, access to health care and health disparities.

It also includes a timeline of events related to sexual orientation and medicine.


LGBT-specific medical associations

Australia

  • Australian Lesbian Medical Association

United Kingdom

United States

Germany

  • Deutsches Institut für Jugend und Gesellchaft - (website)

Medical associations with policy related to sexual orientation

Australia

  • Australian Medical Association[1]

China

United States

  • American Academy of Pediatrics [2]
  • American Medical Association[3]
  • American Medical Student Association [4]
  • American Psychological Association (for public)[5] (for educators)[6]
  • Catholic Medical Association[1]
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association [7]
  • Center for Disease Control LGBT health

Timeline of events related to sexual orientation and medicine

America’s gay and lesbian population comprises a diverse community with disparate health concerns. Major health issues for gay men are HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, depression, and suicide. Gay male adolescents are two to three times more likely than their peers to attempt suicide. Some evidence suggests lesbians have higher rates of smoking, overweight, alcohol abuse, and stress than heterosexual women. The issues surrounding personal, family, and social acceptance of sexual orientation can place a significant burden on mental health and personal safety.

Healthy People 2010 [4]


  • 2004
    • New York Medical College revokes the charter of the its LGBT medical student group after the applies to change its name from Student Help Organization to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People in Medicine. School officials claimed “the organization and its leader would advocate and promote activities inconsistent with the values of NYMC.”[5][6] In an interview with the Westchester Journal News, then AMA president Dr. John Nelson says that as a private institution the college has the right to set and enforce its own policies. The AMA organization did not support the ban, and the organization released a statement claiming the president's views were not representative of AMA policy.[7]

If you own a business or if you have a private entity, and there are rules for membership there, you have to follow the rules or you can't be a member. For example, if you come to Brigham Young University, where my children happen to go to school, there are certain things you do not do, among which is, you do not drink Coca-Cola on campus because that's against the rules. ...

Dr. John Nelson, president AMA[8]

    • The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes "Sexual orientation and adolescents", a report on the state of health of LGBT youth in the United States.

These [LGBT] adolescents may experience profound isolation and fear of discovery, which interferes with achieving developmental tasks of adolescence related to self-esteem, identity, and intimacy. Nonheterosexual youth often are subjected to harassment and violence; 45% of gay men and 20% of lesbians surveyed were victims of verbal and physical assaults in secondary school specifically because of their sexual orientation. Nonheterosexual youth are at higher risk of dropping out of school, being kicked out of their homes, and turning to life on the streets for survival. Some of these youth engage in substance use, and they are more likely than heterosexual peers to start using tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs at an earlier age. Youth in high school who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual; engage in sexual activity with persons of the same sex; or report same-sex romantic attractions or relationships are more likely to attempt suicide, be victimized, and abuse substances. . . . School-based studies have found that these adolescents, compared with heterosexual peers, are 2 to 7 times more likely to attempt suicide [and] are 2 to 4 times more likely to be threatened with a weapon at school.

American Academy of Pediatrics[9]


  • 2005
    • American Medical Association president Edward Hill, MD becomes the first AMA president to address the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association in a speech entitled "Understanding, Advocacy, Leadership: The AMA Perspective on LGBT Health."

I know that GLMA members and LGBT physicians have been treated unfairly by the AMA in the past. There is simply no excuse for discriminatory actions or exclusions based on sexual orientation or gender identity -- none. First, GLMA has opened [the AMA's] eyes to the diverse needs of LGBT patients, and second -- and just as important -- GLMA has told patients that they have the right to expect a health care system filled with openness, fairness and equality."[10]

Dr. Edward Hill, MD, president American Medical Association

See also

  1. http://www.cathmed.org/publications/homosexuality.htm
  2. http://www.baphr.org/about/default.asp
  3. Hamer, Hu, Magnuson, Hu and Pattatucci (1993) A linkage between DNA markers on the X chromosome and male sexual orientation. Science 261(5119): pp. 321-7.
  4. Healthy People 2010, 2nd ed. "A Systematic Approach to Health Improvement" http://www.healthypeople.gov/Document/tableofcontents.htm#parta
  5. http://www.amsa.org/lgbt/nymc.cfm
  6. http://www.washblade.com/2005/1-14/view/actionalert/badmeds.cfm
  7. http://www.365gay.com/newscon05/02/021805AMA.htm
  8. Eddings, Keith. The Journal News. 12 February 2005 http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/021205/a01p12gaymed.html
  9. PEDIATRICS Vol. 113 No. 6 June 2004, pp. 1827-1832 http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;113/6/1827
  10. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/15741.html
  11. http://www.amsa.org/lgbt/touro.cfm
  12. http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/06/060507surGen.htm
  13. http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/story/85442.html
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