Rankin in Celts and the Classical World notes that "Athenaeus echoes this comment a and so does Ammianus It seems to be the general opinion of antiquity. Diodorus went further, stating that "the young men will offer themselves to strangers and are insulted if the offer is refused".
The problem does not lie with GLBTI individuals, but with the attitudes and behaviour of the society around them. Research suggests that gay men and lesbians have reduced access to medical care because of their fear of discrimination.
The constant pressure of dealing with the homophobia of others makes depression, among other mental health problems, relatively common.
While gay and lesbian people are as diverse as the rest of the population, their shared experience of discrimination creates common health issues. Australian society generally regards heterosexuality as the The rights of homosexual people acceptable sexual orientation, which means that gay men, lesbians and bisexual people may be marginalised and discriminated against.
Transgender and intersex people may also experience marginalisation and discrimination in relation to their health and wellbeing. The previous term for intersex was hermaphrodite.
Sexuality and violence A study of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender GLBT Victorians found that nearly one in seven reported living in fear of homophobic violence.
This fear was justified in that nearly 85 per cent of respondents had been subjected to some form of homophobic violence or harassment in their lifetimes and one in two had experienced homophobic harassment or other non-physical abuse in the past two years. In eighty-five per cent of cases, violence and harassment were preceded or accompanied by homophobic language.
Sexual assault was also common, with nearly 5 per cent having been subjected to this form of violence over the last two years.
Among same sex attracted young people, violence and discrimination were also common. A study of young Australians found that 61 per cent had suffered verbal abuse because of their sexuality, 18 per cent suffered physical assault and 69 per cent suffered other forms of homophobia such as exclusion rumours and graffiti.
Homophobia and heterosexism Homophobia means fear of homosexuality. Some people may feel threatened by people who have sexual preferences other than their own. They may express this fear in a variety of ways ranging from subtle discrimination to overt violence.
Heterosexism is the belief that everyone is, or should be, heterosexual and that other forms of sexuality are unacceptable.
This belief may underpin a range of areas — for example, health policy, health services, welfare and education services — and can make gay and lesbian people feel invisible. This can have a range of impacts. For example, it may mean that the form you fill in at a medical service may have no place to record that your nominated next of kin is a same sex partner.
If you are a young gay person, you may not be permitted to take a same sex partner to the school formal.
Health impacts for gay men and lesbians While many things have improved for gay and lesbian people over the past 50 years in Australia, there is still constant uncertainty about whether they will receive acceptance from families, friends, colleagues and services.
The constant pressure of dealing with this uncertainty has an impact on health. Gay men and lesbians have higher rates of mental health disorders than the rest of the population.
They also have higher rates of obesity, smoking and unsafe alcohol and drug use, and are more likely to self-harm. These conditions develop in response to different scenarios including: Gay men, lesbians and health professionals Research suggests that gay men and lesbians have reduced access to medical care compared to heterosexuals.
Some of the issues they face include: The majority of gay men and lesbians have had experience of homophobic health professionals.The Rights of Homosexual People.
Topics: Keneshia Estime Homosexual Rights Professor Rowland "I do" is the simplest complete sentence in the English language that most people in love yearn to hear. "I do" epitomizes one of the most universal desires of mankind;marriage.
Traditionally to most, marriage is the union between a man and woman. When homosexual people keep their sexual orientation a secret, they are said to be "in the closet".
"Out" or "out of the closet" is a slang term that means a homosexual . In , the United Nations Human Rights Council passed its first resolution recognizing LGBT rights, following which the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a report documenting violations of the rights of LGBT people, including hate crimes, criminalization of homosexual activity, and discrimination.
The American LGBT rights organization GLAAD advises the media to avoid using the term homosexual to describe gay people or same-sex relationships as the term is "frequently used by anti-gay extremists to denigrate gay people, couples and relationships".
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) social movements are social movements that advocate for LGBT+ people in society. Social movements may focus on equal rights, such as the s movement for marriage equality, or they may focus on liberation, as .
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.