A person’s health and wellbeing is influenced by a range of factors that intersect with their sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
People who are LGBTI are just as likely as the broader population to represent a diverse range of identities including being Aboriginal, being from a culturally and linguistically diverse and faith background or being a refugee or asylum seeker.
Specific issues also arise for children and young people, families and people with disabilities when accessing services.
The intersection of these diverse factors coupled with being LGBTI can add a layer of complexity to health and wellbeing and to experiences with the health and community service system more generally. Services need to be sensitive to these intersecting factors to ensure the best possible health outcomes for all LGBTI people and communities.
The following sections address the needs of specific groups of people who are LGBTI:
- Aboriginal people
- People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Children and young people
- Older people
- People with disabilities
- Refugees and asylum seekers
Working with LGBTI families
Quality parenting and family relationships give more to a child's wellbeing than a parent’s gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
Decision-making principles for care of infants, children and adolescents with intersex conditions
The best practice principles for managing Victorians with intersex conditions aim for the best possible outcomes.
Many older LGBTI people have lived through a time when disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity could result in imprisonment, forced medical ‘cures’, loss of employment, family and friends.
People from cultural, linguistic and faith backgrounds
People who are LGBTI from CALD backgrounds can be supported through connections with other people who share a common language or culture and networks.
Working with LGBTI people with disabilities
LGBTI people with disabilities can face challenges that influence the services and supports they seek and receive.
Working with LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers
LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers can face challenges from discrimination, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in their country or culture of origin.
Working with LGBTI Aboriginal people
For Aboriginal people who are LGBTI, discrimination may exacerbate the effects of racism leading to isolation from their communities.
Working with LGBTI children and young people
Young people who are LGBTI experience a range of issues, and for the best health outcomes, they need a range of services that are sensitive to their needs.
Reviewed 08 September 2015