The problem does not lie with GLBTI individuals, but with the attitudes and behaviour of the society around them. Research suggests that gay men and lesbians have reduced access to medical care because of their fear of discrimination. The constant pressure of dealing with the homophobia of others makes depression, among other mental health problems, relatively common. While gay and lesbian people are as diverse as the rest of the population, their shared experience of discrimination creates common health issues. Australian society generally regards heterosexuality as the most acceptable sexual orientation, which means that gay men, lesbians and bisexual people may be marginalised and discriminated against. Transgender and intersex people may also experience marginalisation and discrimination in relation to their health and wellbeing.
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Share via Email Forty years ago in Britain, loving the wrong person could make you a criminal. Smiling in the park could lead to arrest and being in the wrong address book could cost you a prison sentence. Homosexuality was illegal and hundreds of thousands of men feared being picked up by zealous police wanting easy convictions, often for doing nothing more than looking a bit gay. It was a battered old thing and, in many respects, shabby. It didn't come close to equalising the legal status of heterosexuals and homosexuals that would take another 38 years.
Visit Website The Pink Triangle The gay rights movement stagnated for the next few decades, though LGBT individuals around the world did come into the spotlight a few times. For example, English poet and author Radclyffe Hall stirred up controversy in when she published her lesbian-themed novel, The Well of Loneliness. And during World War II , the Nazis held homosexual men in concentration camps, branding them with the infamous pink triangle badge, which was also given to sexual predators.
Print Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI Victorians live healthy, connected, happy and positive lives, but overall LGBTI people experience poorer physical and mental health, are more likely to have problems with alcohol and other drugs, and have a higher rate of suicide. LGBTI people are also frequently subject to discrimination and can have problems accessing healthcare that's right for them. These services also available to family members and friends include mental health counselling, resources and peer support activities. The Mind Equality Centre in Fitzroy North is a safe, healing environment that offers specialist support for sexually and gender diverse people.