Raising the equality flag: health inequalities among older LGBT people in the UK

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Beach, Brian
International Longevity Centre - UK
Date of publication
8 May 2019
Minority Groups, Older Adults, Health Services, Mental health services
Social welfare
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This research reveals that a lifetime of prejudice and stigma is leading to worse physical and mental health, poorer access to health and social care, as well as greater levels of social isolation and loneliness among older LGBT people.

New analysis, based on data from 24 different surveys, demonstrates that the odds of lesbian, gay, or bisexual men and women experiencing poor self-rated health are around 1.2 times higher than for heterosexual people, with poor self-rated health being a strong predictor of future mortality.

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