Nearly 2 in 10 black LGBTI youth in the US have been forced into sexual acts

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Nearly two in 10 black LGBTI youth in the US have been forced to perform unwanted sexual acts, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign.

Taking information from their 2018 HRC LGBTQ Youth Report, the Black & African American LGBTQ Youth Report specifically looks at the experiences of this community.

The report looks at areas of life such as family and school, mental health, racism, and more.

Suffering at home, school, and everywhere

A majority of black LGBTI youth say they have mental health struggles, most likely stemming from the discrimination, abuse, and isolation they feel.

80% reported feeling ‘usually’ feeling depressed or down, while another 90% said they have trouble sleeping at night.

Almost half (46%) are critical of their own identities as black LGBTI youth.

School, home, and other places are difficult for these members of the community. 47% said their families have mocked them for being LGBTI and only 1 in 5 said they can ‘definitely’ be themselves at home.

‘My mom supports gay people, but she doesn’t want a gay daughter,’ one respondent said.

At school, they face a slew of negativity for their identities. This includes verbal harassment (67%), physical threats (30%), and bullying (40%).

13% reported being sexually attacked or raped.

For all of these hardships, only 35% said they’ve received counseling in the past year.

The intersection of race and sexuality

‘My counselor is gay, so since he’s part of the LGBTQ community it makes me feel a lot better,’ one person said. ‘But what makes me uncomfortable is the fact that I’m black and he’s white, and he’s subtly pointed that out several times. Whether it was unconscious or not, it makes me feel uncomfortable.’

These youth not only have to navigate their sexual and gender identities, but their race as well.

90% said they’ve been racially discriminated against, and 98% said racism ‘affects the lives of black and African American people’.

A mere 5% believe black people are regarded positively in the US.

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Author: Anya Crittenton

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Only half of US cancer doctors have good knowledge of LGBTI patient needs

A patient has their blood pressure measured by a health worker

According to a new report, half of cancer doctors in the United States are unprepared to adress and treat the specific needs of their LGBTI patients.

The report was published by several authors in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

As it explains, the purpose of the report is to ‘identify potential gaps in attitudes, knowledge, and institutional practices toward LGBTQ patients’.

In order to complete their survey and find results, the authors took a random sample of 450 oncologists from 45 cancer centers from the American Medical Association’s Physician Masterfile.

Findings of the report

Promsingly, a majority of the oncologists affirmed the importance of knowing their patients’ identities and receiving LGBTQ education.

Regarding identities, more believe it’s important to know a patient’s gender identity (65.8%) compared to sexual orientation (39.6%). A large majority (70.4%) expressed interest in receiving education specifically about LGBTQ patients.

Following the survey, however, confidence dropped among oncologists about their own knowledge.

53.1% said they were confident about LGB health needs and information before taking the survey. That number dropped to 38.9% after the survey.

The numbers were even lower about transgender knowledge (from 36.9% to 19.5%).

A promising fact is that a majority of these doctors (83%) feel comfortable treating trans patients, but only 37% felt like they know enough to actually do so.

How to address this

‘With this research, we’re really interested in looking at how discrimination affects not only patient health but also how can we intervene at the provider level to have an impact on quality of care,’ one of the author’s, Megan Sutter, told CBS News.

Another author of the study, Gwendolyn Quinn, revealed some of the questions they asked the oncologists.

They asked the doctors if they knew the LGBTQ community is more likely to spend time in the sun, use tobacco, and have substance abuse. They also inquired if women who have never had sex with a man are still at risk for HPV.

‘The answer to these questions is that they’re true, but many of the doctors in the survey didn’t think that,’ Quinn said.

She continued: ‘It’s not a patient issue. We should not expect people who identify as LGBTQ to train us about what their needs are. It is our obligation as institutions and providers of care to figure out how we can best serve them.’

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Author: Anya Crittenton

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Majority of United States schools are unsafe for LGBTI students

A school bus flies the rainbow flag in support of LGBT students

A new report from GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) reveals that a majority of schools in the United States have unsafe environments for LGBTI students.

Their State Snapshots looks at 41 states and Puerto Rico, collecting and analyzing data about various forms of discrimination in schools.

The information comes from past reports GLSEN has conducted, such as the 2017 National School Climate Survey.

In this new gathering of data, GLSEN looked at every state plus Puerto Rico, except for Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

They looked at things like harassment and assault on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity, as well as certain restrictions.

The report also looks at available resources and offers recommendations.

How did most states fare?

A majority of LGBTI students in every state assessed reported hearing anti-LGBTI remarks made by other students. This includes slurs and negative comments about gender identity and transgender individuals.

A majority of LGBTI students in all states also reported being verbally harassed for their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender. Only a handful of states had less than half of all LGBTI students reporting verbal harassment based on gender.

Puerto Rico was the only state where less than half of all LGBTI students (35%) reported hearing negative comments about trans people.

This is in line with other reports, such as HRC and the University of Connecticut’s 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report.

Restrictions and resources

LGBTI students also report facing numerous restrictions at their schools.

In Alabamba, for example, 37% osaid school officials prevented them from wearing clothing considered ‘inappropriate for their gender’.

Nearly half (49%) in Mississippi said school figures prevented them from showing any form of PDA (physical displays of affection).

These numbers are smaller in more liberally-perceived states.

In California, only 15% said they were prevented from wearing certain types of clothing. Meanwhile, 19% in New York said they couldn’t show PDA.

These disparities are also present in LGBTI resources.

In California and New York, more than half of all LGBTI students report having a supportive administration. They also report having six or more supportive educators and a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance).

Around a quarter or less of LGBTI students in Mississippi and Alabama report having these support networks.

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