Have a Rainbow Health Strategy
I believe, as an older lesbian woman, that gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, intersex, and other rainbow people need to all have their health needs met under a specific 'Rainbow strategy'. For example, I believe that lesbians and gay men have high rates of unrecorded suicides. As a young woman, while in my 30s, I knew four lesbians in my community who committed suicide. This experience has certainly affected my later life and commitment to the creation of safe spaces for lesbians.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people also have specific biological sexual health health requirements because of their experiences and need for non-threatening and discriminating environments. For example, a lesbian may not want to be assisted by male nurses on the toilet, and vice versa for gay men. Lesbians may also wish to have safe separate sex wards, where they will not be under the ' biological male sexual gaze'. Similarly, gay men may feel the same about having a safe separate space. Rainbow people may also like a space in which they can express their specific culture and identity. I am aware that NZ society is accepting of different sexualities and identities, and is trying to being inclusive. However, like others in specific cultures (i.e. deaf culture, disability culture, Maori culture), people in the 'rainbow community' may respond better to health initiatives which do not question their very specific culture and ways of being.
For example, transwomen have attacked lesbians for wanting to meet with biological females, because they, as lesbians, are attracted to biological females, and not to the male body. Their voices have not been heard and they are being called 'anti-trans', instead of 'women who simply want a safe space as lesbians.
Also, I know of young lesbians, who are not feminine, who are being encouraged to become a transman so because they are masculine by their peers and others. However, they may not want to take testosterone, because later in life they may wish to have a child and become happy in their female body which is celebrated by other lesbians.
So, in order to truely include 'rainbow' people, I think the health system needs to first ask each category of Rainbow people what their needs are, and include them in any discussions about a strategy which values each member of the Rainbow spectrum. No decisions without us is the best mantra.
Why the contribution is important
It will include all people within the Rainbow spectrum.
It will priority safe spaces for all people in the Rainbow community.
It will encourage research and better understanding of, and within, the Rainbow community.
by Bluerain on March 09, 2023 at 09:16PM