How being a lesbian impacts your health

Female doctor with female paitientBY LESLIE J. CALMAN
Tagg Magazine

When I became Director of Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization, I heard a fair number of smart smart aleck jokes about why lesbians need a health organization: Allergic reactions to flannel shirts? Heel inflammation from those Birkenstocks? (You get the picture.)

The reality is there are important health issues for women who identify as lesbian, bisexual or queer.

Most of these issues are created by the stigma and discrimination we experience. This stigma contributes to ill health and prevents lesbians from getting the health screenings and health care we need.


Tagg Magazine is a print and online resource for LBT women in the DC Metropolitan and Rehoboth, DE areas.

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