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Lesbian Health: Myths and Realities

Stereotypes and misconceptions linked to sexual orientation and gender can have adverse consequences on the health of lesbians. The aim of this project is to demystify "myths and realities" on three aspects of lesbians’ health; Breast and Cervical cancers, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Well-being.

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5th July 2013 16:18

Alessia Valenza

ILGA developed this resource after conducting a study of what ILGA should focus on in regards to women’s issues. Given the general lack of focus on lesbian health issues, and the results of this survey, ILGA created this project to raise awareness of some misconceptions on lesbian’s health and sexual behavior that could have life-threatening consequences.

Three double-sided sheets, that can also be used individually, focus on the myths and realities surrounding lesbian’s health, including a fun and informative quiz. They are available in French, Dutch, English, Spanish, Bahasi, Filipino, Italian, Georgian, and now Burmese! The themes tackled are Breast and Cervical cancers, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Well-Being. The illustrations on the back of each sheet will help to easily understand what are the “myths” and the “realities” of lesbians’ health on each of the topics. For example, did you know that lesbians are not at ALL immune from sexual transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV? (Take this quiz to see what else is true or false about lesbians’ health).

While we have already had this document translated into many different languages, translating it further would provide organizations with the opportunity to adapt this resource to their own community. We provide the opportunity for anyone to translate this resource into their own language free of charge – just credit us in your language version and let us know so we can include it among our other versions! Many groups have already participated – that is how we are able to offer this resource to you in so many languages already!

Contact women@ilga.org if you or your organization is interested!


This project was financially supported by the Belgian Foundation against Cancer in 2011 which also approved the texts. The initial project in French and Dutch was coordinated by ILGA with the help of the following Belgian associations: Maison arc-en-ciel, Plan F, Tels Quels, Merhaba, Fédération des Centres de Planning Familial, Fédération laïque des Planning Familiaux, Wish, Cavaria, Casa Rosa.

For more information about the history of this project, click here.

Click here to download all the language versions of Lesbians’ Health: Myths and Realities.

Patricia Curzi
Project coordinator
ILGA
 

Lesbian Health: Myths and Realities

Stereotypes and misconceptions linked to sexual orientation and gender can have adverse consequences on the health of lesbians. The aim of this project is to demystify "myths and realities" on certains aspects of lesbian health's, such as Breast and Cervical cancers, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections and Well-being.

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25th January 2012 15:13

Alessia Valenza

Lesbian Health: Myths and Realities

In June 2010 ILGA collected the results of an internet survey sent to over 800 of its members and allies. The aim of the survey was to assess the outcomes of the ILGA women’s project, a project funded by Oxfam-Novib which lasted seven years. We wanted to understand which were the areas that ILGA should focus in the coming years in relation to women issues. One of the outcomes of the survey indicated that members and allies would like ILGA to continue working on lesbian’s health. That is why ILGA decided to undertake this project “Lesbian Health: Myths and Realities”.
(see here for the full survey report http://ilga.org/ilga/en/article/mKOoA2m1gA).

Most of the time lesbians’ issues are either placed into the general “Homosexual” category, that is to say masculine, or in the general “Woman” category, that is to say heterosexual. This is also the case for health. Studies and statistics on women’s health, although numerous, are rarely broken down by specific groups. In addition, research on gay health is still very much concentrated on HIV/AIDS amongst gay men.

Given the general lack of focus on lesbian health issues, ILGA decided to design a project that raises awareness of some misconceptions on lesbian’s health and sexual behaviour that could have life-threatening consequences.

Three double-sided sheets, that can also be used individually, focus on the “myths and realities” surrounding lesbian’s health and are available in French, Dutch, English and soon also in Spanish. The themes tackled are Breast and Cervical cancers, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Well-Being. The illustrations at the back of each sheet will help to easily understand what are the “myths” and the “realities” of lesbians’ health on each of the topics.

We have also prepared a quiz on myths related to lesbians’ health. It will give you the opportunity to test your knowledge. The quiz can also be used in raising awareness trainings and workshops.

Help us to demystify some myths on lesbian health by sharing and disseminating this information!

Read and Download "Lesbian Health: Myths and Realities": 
EN – http://old.ilga.org/health/ILGA_Lesbians_Health_Myths_Realities_EN.pdf

This project is financially supported by the Belgian Foundation against Cancer which also approved the texts. ILGA thanks the Women’s Secretariat, Minority Women in Acton.

The initial project in French and Dutch was coordinated by ILGA with the help of the following Belgian associations: Maison arc-en-ciel, Plan F, Tels Quels, Merhaba, Fédération des Centres de Planning Familial, Fédération laïque des Planning Familiaux, Wish, Cavaria, Casa Rosa.

 

Patricia Curzi
Project coordinator
ILGA

Organisations are encouraged to use the sheets and translate them to their local language, provided that credit is given to ILGA. Interested? Please send a message to women@ilga.org

 

For the French version, please click on FR, on the top left hand of your screen.