Authors: Lewis Hier Thomas and Phil Livingstone 

Published: 30 June 2021

The significant challenges experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people – despite historic progress – continue to persevere, especially around the social determinants of health. In this article we explore the experiences of LGBT patients and staff, limitations on data collection and use, and key thoughts for leaders to consider.

We examine LGBT people’s experiences in healthcare and provide reflections for healthcare leaders to make purposeful, impactful and positive change for LGBT health inequalities. The significant issues faced by LGBT people in health and care highlight the importance of maintaining ongoing focus and action on these health inequalities.

The significant challenges experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people – despite historic progress – continue to persevere, especially around the social determinants of health. Research by Stonewall in 2018 involving more than 5,000 LGBT people across the UK revealed some of the stark realities faced: 52% of LGBT people were suffering from or had recently experienced depression; 46% of trans people and 31% of LGB people had considered suicide in the last 12 months; and 13% of 18-24 year old LGBT people had taken drugs at least once per month.

The report was published at the end of June 2021 and can be found below:

Full report

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