Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness visit our page dedicated to the topic here.
Tons of Health Resources for #BiWeek
We hope you've been enjoying all of the #BiWeek resources as much as we have. A few to specifically note are: Bisexual Reality Check For Everyone, Why Saying "Bisexual" Is More Important Than Ever, Celebrating Bisexuals and Biphobia Is Hurting The Health Of Bisexual People.
LGBT People Use Dissolvable Tobacco More
A new study looking at the use of dissolvable tobacco products found that LGBT people were 66% more likely to use them than straight people and that LGBT smokers were 70% more likely than LGBT non-smokers to use them. Wait, tobacco dissolves too? Ugh.
Bad Health Linked to Minority Stress
New research on the impact of minority stress (stress faced by stigmatized groups) and health found that LGB (no T) people who had a traumatic event leading to minority stress were much more likely to suffer bad health shortly afterwards. Fingers crossed that we can fix this.
LGB People Expect Nursing Homes More, Less Family Help
A new study of middle-aged adults found that LGB (no T) people were 49% more likely to think they would need long-term care than straight people, but 29% less likely to think their families would help them. It looks like we’re not expecting our golden years to be very golden.
Hate Crimes, Assault Common for LGB
New research on hate crimes found that LGB (no T) people had experienced an average of 5 hate crimes in their lifetime. 54% had been physically assaulted and 30% had been sexually assaulted. Here’s to hoping this changes soon.
LGB People Use ALL Tobacco Products More
Bad news on the tobacco front. Researchers recently found that LGB (no T) people used all tobacco products more than straight people, except for cigars. Even scarier: bi women have the highest tobacco use of all. This wasn’t the way we wanted to celebrate #BiWeek.