NIH Designates LGBTQ people as a health disparity population

Washington Blade, 10/6/16:

The NIH has designated LGBTQ people as a “health disparity population”. There is more and more evidence that LGBTQ and sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations have less access to health care, suffer more from certain diseases, and experience discrimination from health care providers.

Kellan Baker, senior fellow with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, said in a statement the designation is important because as LGBTQ people become more visible, “assaults on their dignity, health and well-being are on the rise. This will allow more investigators, more researchers to put together proposals for looking at trans health disparities and take them to NIH and seek support for figuring out what’s the magnitude of these disparities, what are interventions that hope to close them and what can we do to improve the health and well-being of the trans population.”