Homophobia and Health: Unjust, Anti-Social, Harmful and Endemic
Health Care Analysis. 1995 May; 3(2): 150-156.
This paper examines the health impact of the pervasive modern bias against homosexuals known as homophobia. Although the term homophobia is a misnomer, the phenomena to which the term refers are real and have very significant health impacts. While homophobia is modern, precursors of homophobia have a long history in the Western world. This paper canvasses many of the possible health effects of homophobia, but focuses on homophobic violence as one example that has clear end points and is reasonably well documented. Homophobia is often viewed as a peripheral phenomenon, but it raises some central questions of principle for policy makers and those concerned with social justice. It is also of central significance for the welfare, morbidity and mortality of important segments of the population. Below I examine the implications of homophobia for the health professions, health caring services and for health policy development.
Aids; Attitudes; Caring; Discrimination; Education; Females; Health; Health Care; Historical Aspects; Homosexuals; International Aspects; Justice; Killing; Law; Law Enforcement; Males; Medical Education; Morbidity; Mortality; National Socialism; Patients; Physicians; Public Policy; Quality of Health Care; Refusal to Treat; Socialism; Stigmatization; Students; Survey; Violence; Western World;
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