After the worldwide recognition of the LGBT community where most of the country considered them part of the minority, they have been more vocal about their relationship with the same sex. This allowed them to express themselves and be open about their intimate relationship towards their other half. However, issues arise with regard to healthcare problems especially on the act of sexual intercourse.
Impact on health and wellbeing
The World Health Organizations has always been adamant about having a sexual relationship with the same sex. Ever since the rampant cases of AIDS and HIV came to their concern, they publicly announce the dangers of having unsanitized sexual intercourse. There have been reported cases that between 70% and 78% of gays had an STD and it is still growing in numbers up until today.
While monogamy among gay men is present in the community of LGBT, the potential infection can occur in acts such as oral sex, rectal sex, fecal sex, and urine sex. This can greatly increase the risk of medical consequences that often times associated with deaths. The list of sexual practices leads to numerous physical injuries and spread a higher risk of sexually transmitted diseases. It is reported that a huge percentage of the LGBT group is active on sexual acts and almost 80% of gays (mostly men) are recorded to have different sexual partners.
It is well recognized that homosexuals are engaged in more destructive activities which somehow backed up a study that they usually die young and lose 20 years of life expectancy. In line with mental health issues, a Dutch study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found a high rate of psychiatric disease associated with same-sex sex. Several studies suggest that gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals appear to have higher rates of some mental disorders caused by emotional stress from rejection, depression, discrimination, and abuse.
The Oral-Anal Contact
One of the most common sexual acts that most gay men practice is oral-anal contact. Certain studies show that 90% of gay men have engaged in regular rectal intercourse. It gives an extremely high rate of parasitic and other intestinal infections due to the mixture of lubricant, saliva, and germs that is considered direct substances of infectious diseases. Apart from that, the internal bruising or tearing of the anal wall is very common during anal or penile sex which can also lead to a fast spread of bacteria such as Salmonellosis, Neisseria meningitides, Shigellosis, Pediculosis, scabies, Campylobacter, and etc.
The community is aware of the rampant cases of HIVs, STDs, and even AIDS. As far as the World Health Organization is concerned, parts of the LGBT community still have the freedom to express their rights to a marital union (in some countries) and allow them to experience intimate and sexual bond. Though it is frequently addressed as ‘inappropriate,’ the awareness of lesbian, gays, and bisexual sexual intercourse are put into consideration.
The Societal expectation of the LGBT community has arisen for more than a decade, and their fight against equality has always been their top priority. Though there might have been some enlightenment on their side of the issue and the world is now accepting them than it was years ago, there are still facts and figures around the world that doesn’t support their advocacies. In most cases, it happens to be the reason why coming out is an unfathomable struggle.
Intersectionality: An Overview
Intersectionality is most simply defined as the overlap of minority identities. For example, a woman who is both African American and bisexual would be a part of three different minority groups: gender (as a woman), race (as a woman of color), and sexuality (as a part of the LGBTQ+ community). The combination of different identities drastically increases an individual’s likelihood of discrimination, marginalization, and harassment.
Particularly in the LGBTQ+ community, people of color and individuals who identify as a woman are much more susceptible to oppression than the rest of the community. This is because of the oppression combined with being a part of more than one marginalized demographic.
LGBTQ+ Celebrity Activists
One of the biggest issues in the modern LGBTQ+ community is the lack of representation in the media. Thankfully, many different LGBTQ+ individuals have become BIG in the public eye, and many have used their fame to bring attention, awareness, and support to the community. Especially in the last ten to fifteen years, LGBTQ+ actors, singers, leaders, and activists, in general, have made their way into the media, which really helps the community to have a voice and the proper representation.
Continued Marginalization: Societal Expectations
Although the LGBTQ+ community has made tremendous strides in the fight for equal rights in the last decade, there is still quite a long way to go. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court through the Equality Act in 2015, which was a huge step for LGBTQ+ couples. However, members of the LGBTQ+ community are still being discriminated against and oppressed on a daily basis. There are people who are purposely cruel and belittling to LGBTQ+, but there are also a lot of cultural and societal norms that contribute to the discrimination of and stigma surrounding the community.
One of the most common societal norms that are prevalent in our culture is heteronormativity. Heteronormativity is best defined as the general assumption that everyone is heterosexual, or straight. This has been produced by the mindset that being straight is “normal”, while any other sexuality is strange or unfamiliar. These messages are supported by the media. There are rarely LGBTQ+ individuals portrayed in movies, television shows, commercials, and other mass media. Representation has gotten better, but it’s not always accurate or shown in a positive manner. (more…)
Being Transgender: The Basics
Identifying as transgender doesn’t necessarily mean that you would like to have or have had some kind of sex change. Quite simply, transgender is a collective term for anyone who identifies as a gender that doesn’t match the sex that they were assigned when they were born. This broader term is much more inclusive to all individuals who have decided that the sex they were born with doesn’t match how they feel, which includes quite a lot of different identities.
Education is a basic human right that every parent, non-government sectors and government agencies must help children to attain. With this, the school has become the second home for students. Being considered the second home and spending almost half of one’s life in school, there is much responsibility towards providing the right education and instilling correct life behaviors and values in the minds of young individuals. This article will examine the role of schools in the life of the LGBTQ students.
The good and the bad
The moment children enter school, parents have tremendous fears that their children will be bullied, will get easily intimidated by bad influences, and will suffer irreversible psychological effects. Although it is expected that the school environment will help in the development of the youth’s intellectual, emotional, moral, physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions, it is also considered as an avenue or place where children can be ruined, especially if the child is known to be an LGBTQ youth. (more…)
Being an Ally: The Personal Level
If a friend, family member, or any other close person in your life confides in you that they identify as something within the LGBTQ community, it’s important that you respect them by being a good friend. Remember that they are more than likely struggling. They were probably extremely nervous to tell you, but they probably trust you. This makes it crucial to be there for them as much as possible, as they are going through a very fragile and tumultuous journey of self-realization and acceptance. Here are some tips on what to do to help a loved one who has come out to you:
Resources for LGBTQ Youth
The LGBTQ community is already a marginalized demographic. But the stress, stigma, and harassment are even worse for younger people within the community, than let’s say, the stigma of growing up without parents and in an institution such as here. In fact, in LGBTQ individuals from the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is one of the leading causes of death. LGBTQ youth are also twice as more likely to be physically assaulted in some way for their sexuality or gender identity. Fortunately, this vulnerable demographic has many resources to give individuals love, support, and opportunities to succeed. Here are some of the most helpful and well-known resources for LGBTQ youth:
Important Events: A Comprehensive Time
The LGBTQ+ community has gone through a tremendous amount of pain, but there have also been some victories along the way. Although the fight for equality is far from over, there have been some strides in addition to the setbacks. Here are some of the crucial events that have paved the road to present day:
- 1930-1940: During the Holocaust and Hitler’s reign, countless homosexuals were taken to concentration camps. They were branded by a pink triangle that was upside down to represent their unacceptable sexual habits.
- 1945: The first female to male sex change took place in Britain on Michael Dillon.
- 1948: Alfred Kinsey published the book “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male”, which revealed just how common homosexuality really is. Kinsey also created the Kinsey Scale, a revolutionary tool used to describe someone’s sexuality on a scale from completely heterosexual to completely homosexual.
- 1952: The American Psychiatric Association released its first list of mental disorders and illnesses, including homosexuality. In the diagnostic manual, homosexuality is described as a “sociopathic personality disturbance”.
- 1953: President Eisenhower banned homosexuals from working for the government, reasoning that they are a security threat and shouldn’t work for the federal government if they engage in what he calls “sexual perversion”.
- 1956: Evelyn Hooker approached the American Psychological Association after researching the differences between heterosexual and homosexual men in regards to their mental health. Her results showed that there were no differences in the mental stability when the two were compared.
- 1962: Illinois decriminalized homosexuality and homosexual acts (as long as it is consensual and in private), being the first state to do so.