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Low National Funding for LGBT Health Research Contributes to Inequities, Pitt-led Analysis Finds

via Low National Funding for LGBT Health Research Contributes to Inequities, Pitt-led Analysis Finds.

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“The NIH is the world’s largest source of health research funding and has placed a low priority on LGBT health research,” said Robert W.S. Coulter, M.P.H., a doctoral student in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. “In general, LGBT people experience stigma associated with their sexual and gender minority status, disproportionate behavioral risks and psychosocial health problems, and higher chronic disease risk factors than their non-LGBT counterparts. Increased NIH funding for research on these topics, particularly focusing on evidence-based interventions to reduce health inequities, could help alleviate these negative health outcomes.”

While this article points to how more evidence is needed on LGBTQ-specific interventions, I believe this article also speaks to why LGBTQ relationships are so important. Research already shows that healthy relationships counteract negative impacts of the environment in which one lives.

LGBTQ people have a history of self-medication in reaction to a world that diminishes our very humanity. If we practice being more open and vulnerable with each other, we can turn to our partners and our communities instead of self-harming substances and behaviors as our primary mode of coping.