Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Patients
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., ACCESS Media Relations Specialist
April 15, 2016
Access Community Health Network has been a proud ally to the LGBT community for decades. We have noticed that there has been a decrease in crimes against the overall gay community, but there has been an increase in crimes against transgender people of color.
We wanted to touch on this subject and offer help for those persons who might need it.
Did you know?
- According to the FBI's crime reporting surveillance, one in five hate crimes is due to sexual orientation bias.
- Approximately 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT and the leading reasons for homelessness among this group are because of family rejection.
- LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth.
- Three times as many LGBT youth report being raped compared to their heterosexual peers (16 percent vs. 5 percent).
"While the LGBT community experiences many of the same health issues as the rest of the population, it is disproportionately at risk for violence, physical and emotional abuse, and mental health disorders," says ACCESS Behavioral Health Manager Suzanne Snyder, L.C.S.W. "It is crucial that LGBT individuals of all ages be provided with the necessary support and resources."
Moreover, according to a report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, in 2014 there were 20 homicides, with 80 percent being people of color and 11 were transgender women of color.
No one should feel unsafe simply because of his or her gender or sexual orientation. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or suffering with a mental illness, seek support immediately. Contact ACCESS today to schedule an appointment near you. ACCESS medical and behavioral health providers are ready to help and can connect you with the right resources.