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June 21, 2022

Enhancing the healthcare experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community

MSU social scientists are working on new expansive research effort

Michigan State University researchers are studying the experiences of sexual and gender minority communities within the healthcare system, as more and more people identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

With faculty and students from three colleges and nine departments, the Consortium for Sexual and Gender Minority Health, housed in the MSU School of Social Work within the College of Social Science, focuses on physical, mental, emotional, and community health and well-being across the lifespan, intersecting identities, and social contexts.

“We are forming a collaborative network of peer-to-peer social support and mentorship for research and scholars that have, historically, been relegated to the margins,” said Consortium Director Dr. Carla A. Pfeffer

According to a 2021 Gallup poll, the percentage of U.S. adults who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or something other than heterosexual has increased to a new high of 7.1%, which is double the percentage from 2012.

This increase has led to greater awareness of the barriers and health care disparities that exist for sexual and gender minorities. Consortium members are committed to working with patients, medical providers, medical educators and community members to increase access and positive outcomes for SGM health.

To read the full story, visit the College of Social Science website.

By: Karessa Weir

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