Ethnicity: Stonewall health briefing

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Guasp, April; Taylor, James
Date of publication
1 January 2012
Stonewall Health Briefings
Health Services, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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The lesbian, gay and bisexual population is ethnically diverse, yet many black and minority ethnic gay people report it is only the colour of their skin that doctors see. Black and minority ethnic lesbian, gay and bisexual people have health needs that are not being met by the health service, most notably drug use, mental health and domestic abuse. Worryingly, young black and minority ethnic gay pupils report high levels of self-harm and suicidal thoughts alongside significant levels of homophobic bullying at school. This briefing provides evidence that black and minority ethnic lesbian, gay and bisexual people are more likely to have self-harmed, attempted suicide and taken drugs than men and women in general. A large number of black and minority ethnic lesbian, gay and bisexual people also report negative experiences when accessing healthcare in the last year.

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