Each week HuffPost Queer Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Corey Prachniak, 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.
Sneak Peek at Massive New Trans Survey Shows Bathrooms Are Major Issue
Over 27,000 people filled out the U.S. Transgender Survey last year; the full findings will be out soon but the good people at National Center for Transgender Equality have fast-tracked the findings on bathrooms. In the last year, 59 percent of trans people avoided using bathrooms, 31 percent avoided eating or drinking for this reason, 12 percent reported bathroom harassment or assault and 8 percent reported resultant kidney problems.
Trans Bathroom Debate Headed To Supreme Court
After a setback at a lower court, the Virginia school board that is trying to prevent a trans student from using the boy’s bathroom petitioned the Supreme Court to review the case. Also, Republican National Convention delegates voted to have language in their platform that condemns bathroom access for trans students as “illegal and dangerous.”
Despite Doctors’ Fears, Patients Don’t Mind Sharing Their Orientation
A new study found that while 80% of Emergency Department providers feared offending their patients by asking sexual orientation on electronic health records, an overwhelming majority of patients are fine answering the question. Sadly, while the study was built in response to a call to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data in health records, it only reports feasibility for sexual orientation.
Congressman Calls for Better LGBT Data Collection After Orlando
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, one of the few LGBT members of Congress, introduced a bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity data collection to the National Violent Death Reporting System to ensure that violent deaths and suicides of LGBT people are tracked. Maloney was inspired to introduce the act after last month’s tragedy in Orlando, as Florida has opted not to collect data on LGBT victims.
E-Cigarettes Aren’t Just Replacing Cigarettes Among Youths
A new study of Californian students found that the rising popularity of e-cigarettes has caused total teen cigarette use to rise back to 2001 levels, suggesting e-cigarettes are attracting new users and not just replacing traditional cigarettes among existing smokers. Given that other studies have shown bisexual youth and gay and bisexual adults use e-cigarettes far more than others, the new findings suggest the disparity in LGBT tobacco use could increase even more.