Research suggests that lesbian and bisexual women are at increased risk for adverse health outcomes, including overweight and obesity, poor mental health, substance abuse, violence, and barriers to optimal health care resulting from social and economic inequities. In —, 1. The proportion of women who reported any same-sex sexual behavior, however, was substantially higher at Among reproductive-aged women in —, differences were observed for several health indicators by sexual identity. Bisexual women were less likely than heterosexual women to report having health insurance Conversely, while approximately 66 percent of heterosexual and bisexual women received a Pap smear in the past 12 months, only Both lesbian and bisexual woman, however, were about twice as likely as straight women to report smoking and binge drinking defined as consuming 5 or more drinks within a couple of hours at least once a month during the past year. Nearly half of lesbian and bisexual women reported smoking, while
Health Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women
Make no mistake, gay and lesbian people have more positive attitudes toward bisexual women and men compared to heterosexuals. However, they harbor more negativity toward bisexuals than toward other gay men and lesbian women, and they endorse more bi-negativity than do bisexuals or other sexual minorities including those who identify as asexual , queer, and pansexual. So, why are many lesbians so anti-bi? A new study recently published in the journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity suggests that this might be due to what the researchers call the androcentric desire hypothesis : The fact that people gay men and lesbians alike perceive bisexuals as being more sexually attracted to men than they are to women. In both cases, the sexuality of bisexual women and men appears to be perceived as oriented toward men. Confirming past research, lesbian women were more negative toward bisexuals than were gay men, and they were more negative toward bisexual women than gay men were toward bisexual men, in particular. Furthermore, as the graph below shows, the results mostly supported the androcentric desire hypothesis. Lesbian and gay participants both agreed that bisexual men are significantly more attracted to men than they are to women, and lesbian women felt that this was true of bisexual women as well. The only exception to this pattern were gay men who felt bisexual women were equally attracted to men and women. In other words, lesbian women view bisexual women as being more sexually attracted to men than to women, which in turn makes them dislike bisexual women.
Intimate Partner Violence
ABSTRACT: Lesbians and bisexual women encounter barriers to health care that include concerns about confidentiality and disclosure, discriminatory attitudes and treatment, limited access to health care and health insurance, and often a limited understanding as to what their health risks may be. Health care providers should offer quality care to all women regardless of sexual orientation. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorses equitable treatment for lesbians and bisexual women and their families, not only for direct health care needs, but also for indirect health care issues. Sexual orientation is an enduring emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction that one feels toward men or women or both 1. Although there is no standard definition of a lesbian, common characteristics may include same-sex attraction, same-sex sexual behavior, or self-identification as a lesbian. For many women, sexual orientation falls along a continuum where a woman may not be exclusively heterosexual or homosexual, or she may develop a lesbian orientation over her lifetime.
Lesbian and bisexual women have been shown to be at increased risk for adverse health outcomes, including overweight and obesity, poor mental health, substance abuse, violence, and barriers to optimal health care resulting from social and economic inequities. In —, 1. The proportion of women who reported any same-sex sexual behavior, however, was substantially higher at