Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The struggle of LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for equal rights has moved to center stage. LGBT people are battling for their civil rights in Congress, in courtrooms and in the streets. Well-known figures are discussing their sexual orientation in public. Gay and lesbian people are featured in movies and on television - not as novelty characters, but as full participants in society. Despite these advances into the American mainstream, however, LGBT people continue to face real discrimination in all areas of life.
How Many People are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender? – Williams Institute
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT individuals experience unique health disparities. Although the acronym LGBT is used as an umbrella term, and the health needs of this community are often grouped together, each of these letters represents a distinct population with its own health concerns. Furthermore, among lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, and transgender people, there are subpopulations based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic location, age, and other factors. Although a modest body of knowledge on LGBT health has been developed, these populations, stigmatized as sexual and gender minorities, have been the subject of relatively little health research. As a result, a number of questions arise: What is currently known about the health status of LGBT populations?
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The Division enforces a number of laws that prohibit various forms of discrimination in areas covering education, employment, housing, police practices, and other Department-funded programs. Although these laws do not explicitly refer to sexual orientation or gender identity, they prohibit sex discrimination , which protects all people including LGBTI people from gender-based discrimination, including discrimination based on a person's nonconformity with stereotypes associated with that person's real or perceived gender. The Division enforces Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of , which prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of sex among other factors in public schools, colleges, and universities. The Division, in partnership with the Department of Education, also enforces Title IX of the Education Amendments of , which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs and activities.
Not because they are bad, or homophobic, or transphobic… but because these realities are not their own lived experience, or because working alongside these groups may be a newer experience for them. Becoming familiar with some terms and concepts can be useful to better understand the complexities of sex, gender identity, and sexuality, and will also allow individuals to further support colleagues and team members who may be different than them. The language we use goes a long way to help us break down barriers.