Lesbian social groups
Lesbian support groups
- Liz's humble abode
Personal Web site that tells the author's story of learning to live with
fibromyalgia, IBS, a sleep disorder, asthma, and chronic headaches. Also
contains many links to sites on fibromyalgia and a number of other disorders.
- This site contains a wealth of useful information.
- Lesbian Health
"...The official web site of the Lesbian Health Research Center at the
University of California, San Francisco, an affiliated research Center of the
UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health."
Health: Information for Our Community page states, "A key goal of the
Lesbian Health Research Center is to provide easy-to-find information about
health matters of interest to lesbians and their friends and families."
- Apparently, chronic illness or disability are not of
interest to us. However, this page does contain info on:
I don't know about you, but this listing makes it look as though breast
family planning, menopause, STDs, depression, and smoking are our health
issues. Let's see, how many of those are directly or indirectly related
to our reproductive organs or mammary glands? Geez, we're dykes and they're
us the way women were defined in the 50s.
- Collaborative Care: Breast Cancer Treatment
- Screening for Breast Cancer
- Latest Research: Improving Cancer Screening Among Lesbians Over 50:
Results of a Pilot Study.
- Planning Parenthood Advice
- Alternative Insemination
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Hormone Replacement
- How to Communicate with Your Health Care Providers
The same descrimination that makes it so hard for us to get decent cancer
or ob/gyn care makes having a chronic illness or disability that much
harder, and because those of us with chronic illnesses and disabilities have so
much contact with the health care system, we have greater opportunities
for sub-standard care and all-round lousy treatment. So how come nobody's
studying that issue?
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health: Findings and Concerns
Paper by Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and Columbia University Joseph L.
Mailman School of Public Health Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender Health, and various individual authors.
(January, 2000, Conference Edition [work in progress]).
From paper: "This report discusses the health of lesbian, gay
male, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. This grouping includes
diverse and varied populations that often share little more than society’s
stigma and prejudice. Stigma, however, as well as a range of other social and
cultural factors, are forces that impact both the health of LGBT people and
the ability of health care providers to care for them in myriad ways."
- This paper is over fifty pages long and does not once mention the terms
"chronic illness," "autoimmune illness," "lupus," or "multiple sclerosis."
According to the paper, our primary problems appear to be cancer, family
planning, HIV/AIDS, immunization and infectious diseases, mental health and
mental disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, tobacco use,
and violence and sexual assault. Wow, isn't it great that we never get chronic
illnesses or have disabilities?
Health: Current Assessment and Directions for the Future
By the Committee on Lesbian Health Research
Priorities, Neuroscience and Behavioral Health Program, Health Sciences
Policy Program, Health Sciences Section, Institute of Medicine.
Edited by Andrea L. Solarz.
National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. 1999. ISBN 0-309-06093-1.
- The preface to this paper contains a two-paragraph summary of the history
of research on lesbian health concerns:
Until the 1980s, few health care professionals discussed the
similarities or differences between lesbians and other women. It was not
until 1985 that a high level of interest in lesbian health emerged coincident
with the design and implementation of the National Lesbian Health Care Survey
(Bradford and Ryan, 1988). This survey provided a systematic approach to
identify the health needs and concerns of lesbians. It also sought to
underline the importance of studying lesbians and their health needs in order
to improve health care delivery to them. Since then, other scholars and
researchers have focused their efforts on this aspect of women's health.
As a result, a body of knowledge has begun to develop.
Although there had been efforts to address issues specific to lesbian health
over the past several decades, federal action was limited. In 1993, a meeting
was held between representatives of national and local lesbian and gay health
organizations and Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, during
which lesbian health activists asked that the Department of Health and Human
Services (DHHS) increase its attention to, and better meet the health needs
of, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender individuals (Plumb, 1997).
Subsequently, in February 1994 a Lesbian Health Roundtable, involving more
than 60 lesbian and bisexual women's health activists from around the country,
was held in Washington, D.C., to formalize the recommendations to DHHS and to
establish a lesbian health agenda. The agenda subsequently presented to DHHS
had as a priority the expansion of research on lesbian health issues.
- Like the paper by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association,
et al., there is no mention of "chronic illness" in this paper.
- Lesbian health and
homophobia: perspectives for the treating obstetrician/gynecologist
By Kate O'Hanlan, M.D., accepted for publication in Current Problems
in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
- This seems to be a comprehensive profile of the medical
and psychological effects of prejudice on lesbian ob/gyn health.
Adaptation and age-related expectations of older gay and
Paper by Jean K. Quam, Ph.D., and Gary
S. Whitford (The Gerontologist Vol. 32, No. 3,
From the abstract: "Results from a study of lesbian women
and gay men in the Midwest over the age of 50...provide a
picture of the aging process of these adults that builds on
previous research efforts."
and Cancer, a bibliography
The material will be published in the May/June 2004 issue of the Oncology
- The Mautner Project
"Founded in 1990, the Mautner Project (named for Mary-Helen Mautner, a
lesbian who died of breast cancer in 1989) is the only national organization
dedicated to lesbians with cancer, their partners and caregivers. Our mission
is to improve the health and well-being of women who partner with women (WPW)
and their families by:
- Delivering services and support to lesbians/WPW with cancer, their
families and caregivers;
- Educating lesbians/WPW about important health issues;
- Educating healthcare providers about the needs and concerns of their
- Promoting lesbian/WPW health through research, advocacy, and activism."
- This site's links section (Sister Sites)
contains lots of links to organizations specializing in different kinds and aspects of
cancer a good resource.
Information for Lesbian and Bisexual Women
King County, Washington state public health site.
Health Web Ring
"This web ring is dedicated to the health of lesbians and all other women who
have sex with women."
- Amazon Lifeline is a member of this Web ring.
- National LGBT Health
From their "About Us" squib: "The National Coalition for LGBT Health was
formed on October 14, 2000, when representatives from some 50 national, state
and local organizations met in Washington, DC to identify new ways to
collaborate on an LGBT health advocacy effort, unified enough to be
effective, and diverse enough to represent the community."
and lesbian health section of MedlinePlus Health Information
This is a service of the U.S. National
Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
- This seems to be more gay than lesbian.
This page is part of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America site.
- The page provides a decent overview of lesbian health issues,
although it seems to me to be somewhat out of date.
Health links at Lesbian Mothers Support Society.
- Some of these links date back to 1996 and some are broken.
If you have links or other
suggestions for this page, please send them to the