Search Resources (English): Heterosexism

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Challenging heterosexism: towards non-heterosexist policy and regulation in health and social security agencies

Summarizes research findings. Examines heterosexism and its impact on lesbians in rural Newfoundland.

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Published: 2000
Silent no more: making health and social services accessible to lesbians: research report summary

Provides a summary of research looking at the barriers lesbians face when trying to access health and/or social services in Quebec. Includes a list of recommendations aimed at making health and social services accessible to all lesbians.

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Published: 2003
Invisibility, safety and psycho-social distress among same-sex attracted women in rural South Australia

Examines how same-sex attracted (SSA) women experience life in rural areas of Australia and how this influences their psycho-social wellbeing.

Published: 2005
Making choices/taking chances: lesbian/bi/queer women assisted conception, and reproductive health

Interviews lesbian women throughout BC about their experiences with assisted conception, side effects of fertility drugs, grieving and sexual transmitted disease through donor insemination.

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Published: 2002
Out in the cold: the context of lesbian health in Northern British Columbia

Illustrates the impact of an anti-lesbian/anti-gay social climate and its permeation into health care services.

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Published: 2001
Advocacy for women's health should include lesbian health
States that established scientific studies are often not reflected in laws and judicial opinions for lesbians with regard to employment, taxation, pensions, disability, healthcare, immigration, military service, marriage, custody, and adoption. Finds that psychological and epidemiological research confirms that the public discriminatory attitudes and second-class legal status cause physical, emotional, and financial harm to lesbians, their families, and their children, and that some lesbians experience discrimination in healthcare and avoid routine primary healthcare. Argues that to decrease the harm, and improve the health of lesbians, medical institutions can include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies and offer domestic partner coverage in employment benefits. (See Details)
Published: 2004
The cost of homophobia: literature review of the economic impact of homophobia on Canada
Review research related to the negative results of homophobia on gays, lesbians and bisexuals (GLB), and the economic impact of such negative effects. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Lesbian health: current assessment and directions for the future
Examines the current knowledge on lesbian health. Provides a thorough investigation of political pressures, community attitudes, and professional concerns in lesbian health.
Published: 1999
Making lesbians visible in the substance use field
Presents information on the complex relationships between sexual orientation and substance use. Argues for better addiction services for lesbian and bisexual women.
Published: 2005
Improving the access to and quality of public health services for lesbians and gay men: a position paper for the Ontario Public
Provides the Ontario Public Health Association with a framework to improve the quality of care and the accessibility to health services for lesbians and gay men. Reviews the social contexts and issues that perpetuate the experiences of discrimination and oppression. Examines how oppression impacts the health and well-being of lesbians and gay men and argues that sexual identity should be considered as a determinant of health. Presents an action plan to identify potential health risks, educate communities with the goal to change attitudes, and improve the quality of interactions of gay men and lesbians with the health sector. (See Details)
Published: 2000