Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people: useful links

The Scottish Government's Equality Evidence Reviews (2013) include the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Evidence Review  (treating the latter as a separate group). This mentions the issue of homophobic bullying in connection with a number of the wider determinants of health, in particular in education, where bullying may limit educational access and thus reduce life chances in many ways.

UK Department of Health. The Department of Health has produced guidance for health care staff: Reducing health inequalities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people - briefings for health and social care staff.

Equality and Human Rights Commission. This is a useful source of information about rights of individuals and duties of organisations.

The Better Together survey results for 2010 were analysed in 2011 to show results for sexual orientation in the  Variations in the Experiences of Inpatients in Scotland report (2011), which contains information on how the experience of LGB patients differs from that of other patients. Although there is a 2014 report, it was not analysed by equality group.

Equal Minds project. The Equal Minds report (392 Kb) (2005) brings together a variety of information to describe the mental health issues facing LGB people.

Stonewall is a professional lobbying group for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals and was founded in response to Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, which prohibited local authorities from 'promoting homosexuality'. The act was repealed in Scotland in 2000 (and in England & Wales in 2003). Their website contains the Stonewall research and policy pages which has a specific heading for health, divided into subsections relating to lesbian, gay and bisexual health care needs, HIV/AIDS and mental health. There is a dedicated website for Stonewall Scotland. A 2012 Stonewall report on Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual People in Later Life (286Kb) provides insights on health issues for older LGB people. 

Medical Research Council (MRC) Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU). This unit, based at Glasgow University, includes the MRC SPHSU sexual health programme. A full list of publications can be obtained from their website.

National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles: this site provides further information on the design and the questionnaire.

UK support group. This site provides information for LGBT people.

Both the TUC and UNISON web sites have useful resources to support LGB people in the NHS workforce.

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