Type 2 diabetes: Sexual orientation may influence risk

Medical News Today, Published

The new study — which was led by Heather L. Corliss, a professor at San Diego State University’s Graduate School of Public Health in California — suggests that women who identify as lesbian or bisexual are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The findings were published in the journal Diabetes Care.

 

http://dx.doi.org/10.2337/dc17-2656

 

 

Australian report finds disturbing evidence of gender inequality

Guardian Australia, March 8th

Incorrect assumptions are being made that gender equality has been achieved despite disturbing and comprehensive evidence to the contrary, an investigation by Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, has found.

“There are many different voices in this, and my voice is tied to having spoken to rural women, LGBTI women, older women, women with disabilities, migrant women and Aboriginal women.”

  • Read more of article here 
  • Download the report (PDF) here
  • Download the infographic (jpg) here

 

Group interventions key to improving health of older lesbian, bisexual women, study finds

The results of a US study suggest that group intervention is an effective tool to help aging lesbian and bisexual women improve their overall health behaviours. The study, published today in a supplement to the journal Women’s Health Issues, addresses growing concerns over health disparities amongst women in this demographic, which include elevated levels of stress, anxiety, substance abuse and larger body sizes in comparison to their heterosexual counterparts.

  • Read more of press release here
  • Access entire supplement (open access) here

Forum: the experience of women in same-gender relationships experiencing domestic violence

Bfriend is supporting an afternoon of discussion regarding domestic violence within the LGBTIQ community, and specifically how women experiencing domestic violence in a same-gender relationship can be supported.

When: Thursday December 10 2015, 1-3pm

Where: Noarlunga Uniting Church Community Health Onkaparinga office, 23 Williams Road, Christies Beach

Guest speakers will include:
– Member for Reynell, Katrine Hildyard MP
– SAPOL Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer, Sergeant Amanda Dawson
– Southern Domestic Violence Service Inc.

RSVP by 4/12/15 & for further inquiries: dvforum15@gmail.com

Download flyer here LGBTIQ Domestic Violence forum

Women on average are physiologically sexually aroused to both male and female sexual stimuli

University of Essex, 05 November 2015

When it comes to what turns them on, women are either bisexual or gay, but never straight, according to a new study by the University of Essex.

Whereas previous research has shown that women generally are sexually aroused by both men and women to varying degrees, it overlooked the differences between women who are straight or gay.

  • Read more of press release from University of Essex here
  • View article abstract for ‘Sexual Arousal and Masculinity-Femininity of Women’ here

Health-care system challenging for LGBQ women giving birth

Herald News (Canada), October 13, 2015 – 6:45am

When Lisa Goldberg walks into a room to find a new mother, babe in her arms and surrounded by family, the nurse’s first question will always be the same: Who is everybody?

It may seem like an obvious thing to ask, but often clinicians — and society — jump to assumptions about what a new family looks like. The “mommy, daddy, baby” image, as Goldberg calls it.

Instead of assuming that the man standing on one side of the bed is the father, it’s critical to ask, says the Dalhousie University nursing professor. The health-care system is a creaky, old institution that was first built on what are known as heteronormative beliefs — or, more simply, the idea that everyone who comes through the hospital door is straight.

Read more here