LGB AND T Gender, Sexuality and Knowledge Mobility -Faculty of Medicine
The following are 3 selections (there are 5 in total) from a mini-course developed with funding from the Jane Rule Endowment for the Study of Human Sexuality Curriculum Iniative. Issues addressed include: introductory understanding of basic vocabulary e.g. homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, cisgenderism, and the manner in which gender, sexuality, poverty, health, race, Indigeneity, ability and class intersect; increased knowledge of the barriers facing LGB and T people, families and communities.
SOcial DETERMINANTS of health
In the last decade, there has been an increase in research pertaining to the specific needs lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. The results of much of this research point to overwhelming and indisputable evidence for the health disparities experienced by LGBT peoples. As the social determinants of health illustrate, the health of individuals and communities is determined by factors other than genetic makeup or individual characteristics and behaviors. Health and well-being are predominately determined by an array of interrelated factors – such as employment conditions, income stability, education, housing, social support networks, sexism, and racism – all of which are in turn shaped by political, economic, and social forces.
For many of us, what we choose to call ourselves, and how we are understood by others through naming is critical to our sense of belonging and attachment. For those who come from traditionally marginalized communities, the language of identity carries the extra burden of coalescing around particular naming to garner political, medical, social and other productions.
The language of identity, particularly in LGBTQ communities, can change generationally, and there is often a lack of knowledge about some of the terms and their useage.
These scenarios offer participants the opportunity to work with issues they have encountered in the previous modules.