“I don’t need to be tested for STDs, I only date other girls,” is a statement I hear at least once a week in clinic from an adolescent or young adult female. There are lots of statistics, clinical practice guidelines, and overall medical attention surrounding health consequences of men who have sex with men, but what about these patients? Don’t the ladies deserve some attention?
Suffice it to say that bathrooms have recently leapt into the spotlight. The past several years have brought controversy to restrooms through a number of bills written to regulate who accesses bathrooms labeled for men or women. These bills have seemed to specifically target transgender people, often including legislation that requires that people use the bathroom that would align with the sex that they were assigned at birth. (If you’re not clear on terminology related to gender identity, like transgender or cisgender, check out our previous post with some introductory information.) It’s certainly not a new issue; as transwoman and transgender rights activist, Laverne Cox, stated, “Trans people have been going to the bathroom for a very long time.” To catch you up, we’ll start by going over a brief history of recent legislation and federal guidelines, then discuss some of the arguments raised in this debate.
Earlier this month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on the health risks of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) high school students. If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know that I’m a fan of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), and the most recent YRBS looked at sexual orientation in addition to other risk taking behaviors. Read more
With the recent Supreme Court decision about marriage equality and Caitlyn Jenner’s transition in the news, LGBTQ rights have been getting a lot of publicity recently. While many people are familiar with the “LGB” (lesbian, gay, bisexual) portion of the acronym and there’s been a lot of recent media coverage and education on the term “transgender” (see my previous post here for a primer), often the “Q” does not get a lot of press. Today’s question: what puts the “Q” in LGBTQ?