Friday, June 02, 2006

LGTB Health Matters – New resource launched!

LGTB (Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered and Bisexual) Health Matters, An Education and Training Resource for Health and Social Service Sector was developed to increase access to health and social services for LGTB people in BC and across Canada. It was developed by The Centre in partnership with the Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition as one of eight partnership projects that took place in different communities across the country in 2004-2005.

LGTB individuals continue to experience homophobia and transphobia in accessing health and social services. Many LGTB people also experience a lower health status than the general population. LGTB individuals indicate that they do not feel comfortable coming out to their primary health care providers who often have received little or no training on the unique health issues they face. They believe that they would not receive the best care if the service provider was uncomfortable with their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

“Access to culturally relevant health and social services for LGTB individuals is a matter of equity and reflects the equality that all Canadians are guaranteed under the Charter” says Gens Hellquist, Executive Director of the Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition.

For more information or to obtain a copy contact The Centre at or 604-684-6548. Available in coil bound hard copy or in PDF at