How Discrimination Damages Health In LGBTQ Communities

   (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health /  YouTube)

(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health /YouTube)

More than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans report they have experienced violence, threats or harassment because of their sexuality or gender identity, according to a recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. And nearly 1 in 5 LGBTQ adults has avoided seeking medical care for fear of discrimination.

Discrimination not only keeps some people away from needed health care, studies show it can create lifelong stress, leading to chronic health problems like heart disease and depression.

Listen to the forum at the Harvard Chan School in NPR and learn more about the impact of these experiences on physical and mental well-being and what can be done to help.