- By: Kate Chapman
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have specific health needs
A National Lottery funding body has awarded almost half a million pounds to establish an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) health centre in Birmingham, UK.
The centre has been hailed by gay rights groups as a positive step towards dealing with health inequalities in the LGBT community. Just a week after the centre’s funding was confirmed, however, it was announced that funding for HIV services for gay men in some areas of central London would be cut by 43%.
The UK Government estimates that 6% of the UK population is lesbian, gay, or bisexual with this rising to one in 10 in large urban areas like Greater London.1
Worldwide, numbers are difficult to obtain as labels such as “gay,” “straight,” and “bisexual” are used differently by people and local laws and cultures mean that self reporting of sexual orientation