Gateways to Improving Lesbian Health and Health Care: Opening Doors

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An interdisciplinary book that creates a space for traditionally oppressed voices to speak, Gateways to Improving Lesbian Health and Health Care explores the health care experiences of lesbians of different ages, colors, and places. By presenting the particular difficulties lesbians have in accessing excellent, or even adequate, health care, this book is meant to convince lesbians who have been isolated that their health issues and interactions with health care professionals are not just personal troubles, but ...
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Overview

An interdisciplinary book that creates a space for traditionally oppressed voices to speak, Gateways to Improving Lesbian Health and Health Care explores the health care experiences of lesbians of different ages, colors, and places. By presenting the particular difficulties lesbians have in accessing excellent, or even adequate, health care, this book is meant to convince lesbians who have been isolated that their health issues and interactions with health care professionals are not just personal troubles, but larger public issues. It is also designed to show health care providers how they can sensitize their care and meet the needs of lesbian clients through the provision of safe and respectful environments.

As Gateways to Improving Lesbian Health and Health Care addresses the intersection of race, class, and sexuality and how it affects the health care lesbians receive, you learn about lesbians’strategies for coming out to professionals, patient-professional interaction, and the construction of lesbianism as a social problem within the health care arena. You will also learn about:

  • the need to view sexualities as local histories and narratives
  • the invisibility of aging lesbians in health and policy arenas
  • domestic violence in lesbian relationships
  • surviving a series of social identity exclusions
  • the difficulties of finding information on heterosexist or lesbian-friendly health care providers in unfriendly communities
  • personal accounts of prejudices lesbians have encountered when seeking health care
  • struggling with alcoholism

    Lesbian health care consumers, health care educators and providers, social service workers, and those in women's studies programs need to know how health care services often fail lesbians in need. With its practical suggestions for improving health care delivery to lesbians, Gateways to Improving Lesbian Health and Health Care is essential reading for ensuring quality care to lesbians of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and locations.

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Explores the health care experiences of lesbians of different ages, colors, and places in an effort to nurture dialog between lesbians and health care personnel. Topics include lesbian survivors of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence in lesbian relationships, lesbians and aging, and experiences of lesbians of color in health care encounters. Of interest to lesbians and health care providers. Paper edition $14.95, 1-56023-103-3. Co-published simultaneously as , v.2, no.1, 1998. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789003508
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Creating Awareness and Dialogue: Moving Toward Better Lesbian Health and Health Care 1
Lesbians Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse: Pivotal Experiences Related to Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Race 7
Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships: Findings of the Lesbian Relationships Research Project 29
Lesbian Pass/ages: Invisible Lives and Issues of Community 49
Rural Lesbians' Strategies for Coming Out to Health Care Professionals 61
The Experiences of Lesbians of Color in Health Care Encounters: Narrative Insights for Improving Access and Quality 77
Room for Improvement: Communication Between Lesbians and Primary Care Providers 95
Index 111
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