Nearly 1 in 5 LGBTQ adults has avoided seeking medical care for fear of discrimination. This statistic comes from a recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Fear of discrimination keeps people away from needed health care and can result in chronic health issues such as heart disease and depression.
Studies also show that medical professionals feel poorly prepared to address issues specific to the LGBTQ+ community, particularly with transgender individuals.
The Whatcom LGBTQ+ Coalition is helping to address this disparity by advocating for the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and supporting local healthcare providers with practical information and training.