Homosexuality & Bisexuality

What is the Meaning of LGBT?

What is the meaning of LGBT?

The terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) describe distinct groups within the gay culture. The early initiatives for people who were gay focused mostly on men. So, in an attempt to draw attention to issues specific to gay women, “lesbian” is often listed first.

People who are bisexual or transgender have been traditionally left out of, or underrepresented in, research studies and health initiatives. It is now considered standard to include these two groups along with gay men and lesbians.

What is sexual orientation?

According to researchers Susan Cochran and Vickie Mays, sexual orientation includes the following dimensions: sexual attraction; sexual behavior; sexual fantasies; emotional, social, and lifestyle preferences; and self-identification [1].

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Homosexuality & Bisexuality — In The News
Many LGBT Medical Students Don't Reveal Sexual Identity Feb 19, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of discrimination is a major reason why about one-third of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) medical students stay "in the closet," new research finds. The study included almost 1,000 LGBT respondents who answered an online survey. The survey was... Read More


Coming Out at School Better for LGBT Youth, Study Finds Feb 11, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens who come out at high school have better mental health as young adults than those who aren't open with their fellow high school students, according to a new study. Researchers examined data from a San Francisco State... Read More


FDA to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men Dec 23, 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gay and bisexual men who have abstained from sex for one year will be allowed to donate blood in the United States, under a new federal policy that would reverse a 31-year ban on donations from men who have sex with men... Read More


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