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LGBT community fighting poor health

Issue reflected in long-term illness, sexual illness and stress, as well as alcohol and cigarette consumption

The LGBT community drink and smoke more compared to the rest of the population (photo: iStock)
October 21st, 2015 10:01 am| by Christian W

A new report has revealed that the health of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community in Denmark is poorer than the rest of the population.

The health inequality is reflected in terms of long-term illness, sexual illness and stress, and also by alcohol, cannabis and cigarette consumption.

“It’s an important report that gives a unique insight into the health and well-being of the LGBT community, and I want to see if we can aim more health offers in their direction,” said Ninna Thomsen, the deputy mayor for health and care issues in Copenhagen.

“It could be helping to decrease alcohol consumption, quitting the smokes and preventing stress, which are some of the areas in which we see considerable inequality and which we know can lead to serious illness.”

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Improving conditions
The report revealed that every sixth homosexual man consumed more than the recommended 21 units of alcohol a week, compared to every tenth heterosexual man, and that more than every fourth homosexual man smoked daily, compared to every sixth heterosexual man.

Furthermore, half of the bisexual women feel stressed, compared to under a third of heterosexual women.

The report was commissioned for Copenhagen Municipality, which has already discussed the report’s conclusions with several LGBT organisations and urged the government and other municipalities in Denmark to use the report to improve conditions for the LGBT community nationwide.

By the numbers

– 34 percent of lesbians and 40 percent of bisexual women drank more than five units of alcohol on one occasion in the past month compared with 26 percent of heterosexual women

– 39 percent of bisexual men drank more than five units during the same occasion in the past month compared to 31 percent of heterosexual men

– 16 percent of gay men exceed health recommendations not to drink more than 21 units per week compared to 9 percent of heterosexuals

– A high proportion of transgenders are stressed, and LGBT people are more stressed than heterosexual people

– 38 percent of gay men and 36 percent of bisexual men are stressed compared to 29 percent of heterosexual men

– 49 percent of bisexual women are stressed compared with 28 percent of heterosexual women.

– More LGBT people smoke compared to heterosexuals

– 26 percent of gay men smoke daily compared to 16 percent of heterosexuals

– 21 percent of bisexual women smoke daily compared to 16 percent of heterosexuals