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One Colorado Education Fund examines the state of LGBT health in Colorado

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More than 1 in 5 LGBT Coloradans has been refused care because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  For transgender individuals, that number spikes to 58 percent.  Forty-one percent of LGBT Coloradans do not feel safe telling their health care providers that they are gay or transgender.

These striking statistics are from a new report called “Invisible: The State of LGBT Health in Colorado,” published by One Colorado Education Fun, the education arm of the LGBT advocacy group One Colorado, along with support from Denver Health.  Derived from a survey of 1,300 LGBT Coloradans, One Colorado’s report seeks to document empirical evidence about the difficulties LGBT individuals face when navigating the state’s health-care system and make recommendations about improving LGBT public health in Colorado.  Among their suggestions: health professionals should collect and publish data on sexual orientation and gender identity, health providers should use inclusive forms and questions that are LGBT-friendly, and LGBT individuals should come out to their providers to encourage openness and communication.

You can read One Colorado’s full report on their website.  Below, Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado, and Jess Woodrum, the organization’s Deputy Director, discuss the release of the “Invisible” report.

5 Comments

  • 1. Derek Williams  |  January 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    How can this be? Surely if you pay your health insurance are you not entitled to treatment, or have I missed something here?

  • 2. Ann S.  |  January 31, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Interesting.

  • 3. Rich  |  February 1, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Off topic: NOM got an Appellate Court slap-down in Maine. Once again the courts insist NOM must reveal its donors. The plan to take it to the Supreme Court suggesting their donors are subject to intimidation. How lame especially considering the intimidation they throw at legislators who don't cow-tow to them.

  • 4. johnfromco  |  February 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

    The auto-censor doesn't like my posts. I'm thinking I said "s*x" too much – can someone fix that? Surely real discorse can be held on whether or not someone is male or female and such (the word for the attribute that includes male and female is "s*x." It's not a dirty word.).

    I will say that this treatment is way too common. My wife has experienced (and I've witnessed) too many cases of being denied medical treatment or given inferior treatment because, simply put, someone either had "moral disapproval" or had a reaction along the lines of "Ick, how gross."

    Colorado has good laws, but, like other laws, not everyone follows them. And sometimes it isn't worth it to go after them, at least not in the short-term tactical sense.

  • 5. Volunteer Abroad  |  May 3, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I still know many cases of health care workers and patients being mistreated for being Gay. Sad thing. I wonder what does sexual orientation has to do with health care program or state's medical fund, where everyone American is liable and entitled to enjoy the service.

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