Lebanon has an increasingly open LGBT community which demands acceptance and equality within Lebanese society. A convenient sample of 72 doctors was selected via a physicians’ network from different specialties: obstetrics/gynecology (OB-GYN), family medicine and internal medicine. These doctors practice in urban and semi-urban locations. This was a cross-sectional study and the survey used was written in both English and Arabic. Data collection took place between July and August 2009. Data analysis was conducted using SPSS by chi-square or Fisher’s exact test as appropriate and significance was defined as p< 0.05.
In assessing their attitudes, physicians were asked how they would define homosexuality, most of which said that homosexuality is a disease requiring medical assistance (42 participants; 60.0%) or psychological counseling (51 participants; 72.9%). A minority of physicians had a more positive view, seeing homosexuality as an acceptable behavior (9 participants, 12.9%), a personal preference (20 participants, 28.6%) or a natural orientation (11 participants, 15.7%). Participants had more the option of having more than one definition of homosexuality which is why the percentages do not add up to 100%. Interestingly, physicians practicing in semi-urban (75.9%) areas were more likely to perceive homosexuality as "a disease that needs medical assistance” than those practicing in urban areas (48.8%) (p=0.023).
This construct of homosexuality causes profound health inequalities and obstructed access to health-care for the LGBT community in Lebanon. This discriminatory approach poses a real problem in achieving sexual health and sexual rights.
According to previous studies, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people report lower levels of mental health relative to heterosexuals. Young LGB people especially suffer from poorer psychological adjustment. However, it remains unclear whether different developmental identity patterns have implications for the psychological adjustment of LGB youths. There is a possibility that the development of sexual orientation identity is related to the better mental health among young LGB people. This study examines whether different patterns of LGB identity formation and integration are associated with psychological adjustment.
In the Far East, as a social component, sociality put emphasis on getting married and starting a family. However, in most cases, the images of families are heterosexualized. Therefore, reproductive health issues/rights of lesbian females haven’t been noted. In a major survey in 2012, 5.2% of the population in Japan are from sexual minorities. Other says lesbian pregnancies exist but it is impossible to find out the number. In Medical field, knowledge of lesbian pregnancies is insufficient, and the disincentives of pregnancy and needs toward healthcare providers of lesbian females in Japan are not known.
This paper presents “empowering alternatives” in a cohort of marginalized individuals who are usually considered to be silent, silenced and powerless: The gay men who have chosen to stay and live their lives in rural areas. It cites a largely unreported aptitude and adeptness by men to live contented lives in areas well away from urban cosmopolitan milieu. It argues that their resilience allows them to deploy a multiplicity of actions and reflective processes that, despite their apparent subordinate position in the rural communities, continues to give them, determination to live their lives as and where they choose.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent