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LGBTQ Government Ministers of Health
A government minister of health is responsible for overseeing all government health agencies, reviewing and implementing the government's health policies, and advising the cabinet and ruling government on changes to both of these. This makes the position a key player in a nation's social policy standing.
The LGBTQ community has its own unique health aspects and disparities. These unique health aspects result from a history of stigmatization and discrimination against the community.
According to Fenway Health: LGBTQ youth are more likely to be homeless or commit suicide; gay and bisexual men account for the largest proportion of HIV/AIDS cases and are at higher risk for other STDs; lesbian women are less likely to get preventive services for cancer and to be overweight or obese; transgender individuals are more likely to have mental health issues and less likely to have health insurance; elderly LGBTQ individuals face additional barriers to health due to isolation, lack of social services, and culturally competent health providers; and the LGBTQ population has a higher rate of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use.
It is beneficial for the LGBTQ community to have Ministers of Health who are sensitive to the community's special interests. Legislation and policy must keep pace with the changes in the community and society as a whole. These policies must offer the same conditions to everyone regardless of economic position, type of family, sexual orientation, and so on. The treatment of LGBTQ people in healthcare must be equal across all geographic areas, as unequal treatment leads to LGBTQ people refraining from seeking the care they need.
It is important to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people do not feel marginalised within mainstream service delivery—either from service providers or from other consumers. It is essential that peer support programs are inclusive and safe, and welcome all to participate. The LGBTQ community relies on government health ministries to deliver on this requirement, and an LGBT government minister can aid in meeting this objetive.
We have found government Ministers of Health who identify as LGBTQ in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Norway. To read more and see the complete list here
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Announcing Our New Documentary Project: Being Different: 101 Global LGBTQ Individuals Who Changed the World
Despite adversity and discrimination, LGBTQ individuals have excelled throughout history. Yet historians and academics have conveniently participated in the heterosexist erasure of these LGBTQ contributions by omitting the LGBTQ status of prominent historical figures from academic and historical documents. Accordingly, there are relatively few comprehensive projects which document and showcase the influence of these LGBTQ efforts.
Being Different: 101 Global LGBTQ Individuals Who Changed The World will be an original documentary outlining the contributions that members of the LGBTQ community have made, individually and collectively, to changing the world.
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A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World (Mark S. Bonham, 2017) investigates the current state of employment markets around the world for the LGBTQ community. Included is a discussion of equality in the workplace and why it is important to both the employer and employee, the wage gap, which professions are attractive to LGBTQ individuals and why, and the role of unions and government legislation. A survey of seventy five professions provides a status report for each, and seventy two biographies of influential LGBTQ professionals from around the world is included. 242 pages
Notables: 101 Global LBGTQ People Who Changed the World (Mark S. Bonham, 2015) reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals whose accomplishments in their profession changed the world in some relevant way. Included are founders of various social movements, innovators in sports, leaders in business and politics, explorers and discoverers, instigators in religious movements, thinkers in philosophy, infamous villains, creators of new academic fields of study, and risk takers in the arts, culture, and entertainment worlds. 212 pages.
Champions: Biographies of Global LGBTQ Pioneers (Mark S. Bonham, 2014) reveals a group of select artists, writers, politicians, lawyers, sports figures, activists, and religious figures from around the world who have helped shape the history of the LGBTQ community. Presented in a convenient notebook format. 114 pages.
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