Dr. Jennifer Potter, Director of the Women’s Health Program at Fenway Health announced a health fair for LBT women on May 11 in this morning’s edition of Bay Windows. That will be in the midst of National Women’s Health Week.
She acknowledges that LGBT people all experience health disparities because of continued discrimination and ignorance on the part of of health professionals. But she also notes that the majority of research and funding for LGBT people is directed at gay men’s health, primarily at gay men infected with HIV. LBT people are often left out in the cold.
Aside: I’ve had a lot of personal experience with that, having had to train my own medical practitioners how to treat me. Too often, medical schools don’t provide training in how to interact with transpeople, let alone how to treat us. Back in the early 90s I participated in a video interview with a doctor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Karen Young: her son was a student at the university where I taught) to be used in its ethics courses, hoping to address the issue. I do not know if it is still being used…and I never received a copy.