National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:15

We are proud to be part of the The National LGB&T Partnership and are pleased to be launching the first National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week.

The week runs from 13th - 17th March 2017 and aims to raise awareness about lesbian and bisexual women’s health inequalities and to make it simple for service providers to empower service users. The week will also be an opportunity to celebrate, highlight and learn from the work of groups and services which provide dedicated support to lesbian and bisexual women.

Growing evidence demonstrates that lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women (LBWSW) are experiencing a range of health inequalities and both face barriers to accessing health care and are having poor experiences when they do.

This year’s National Women’s Health Week will focus on the following four elements of LB women’s experiences and the project team has produced a briefing document on each, to highlight some of the key issues.

  • Mental Health: 21% of bisexual women and 12% of lesbian women reported a long term mental health problem, compared to 4% of heterosexual women.[1]
  • Drugs and Alcohol: 29% of lesbian and bisexual women report more binge drinking compared to 12% in the general population of women.[2]
  • Access and Attitudes: 36% of lesbian and bisexual women reported health professionals assumed they were heterosexual.[3]
  • Sexual Health and Fertility: 37% of women questioned had been told they did not require a cervical screening test due to their sexual orientation, resulting in over half disengaging from screening programmes, believing they were not at risk.[4]

We will be focusing on one the key topics each day - click here to find out more 

How you get involved:

  • Download and share LB Women’s Health Week resources! Click here to download our briefing pack to get information and resources that will support your organisation in getting involved. It also has ideas on what you can do over the week.
  • Pledge to do something to celebrate LB Women’s Health Week and tell us about it! Click here to tell us what you’re planning to do for National LB Women’s Health Week 2017, whether it’s existing or new activity, so we can publicise it nationally on your behalf.
  • Shout about LB Women’s health week on social media! Join our Thunderclap and schedule social media activity to go out across the week using the #LBWomensHealth17
  • Be Visible! Change your profile photo on social media to show support for National LB Women’s Health Week, using the image downloadable here.

For more information contact us or visit the National LGB&T Partnership's website 

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[1] Prescription for Change. Stonewall, 2008 & Best Practice in Providing Healthcare to Lesbian, Bisexual and other Women Who Have Sex with Women. National LGB&T Partnership (2016)

[2] Elliott MN, Kanouse DE, Burkhart Q, et al. Sexual Minorities in England Have Poorer Health and Worse Health Care Experiences: A National Survey. Journal of General Internal Medicine. Published online September 4 (2014)

[3] General Lifestyle Survey, Office for National Statistics, UK (2011)

[4] Light, B & Ormandy P, Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Women in the North West: A Multi-Method Study of Cervical Screening Attitudes, Experiences and Uptake, University of Salford and The Lesbian and Gay Foundation, UK, 2011


 

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