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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

LGBT Missourians Are Less Likely to Receive Medical Care

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM

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Remember when someone asked T.I. what he thought about gay marriage and he said, "Why would you be so against it if it doesn't affect you or your lifestyle?"

That was nice, and a common sentiment among gay marriage supporters.

So what if denying homosexuals the right to marry not only affects their lifestyle but negatively impacts their health?

"Missourians are not protected against employment or housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity," the report says. "Social factors, when coupled with discrimination, correlate with poorer health."

Here for your reading displeasure are some of the reports more upsetting findings:

LGBT Missourians are, compared to their hetero brothers and sisters,

  • more than twice as likely not to receive needed medical care or surgery
  • one-and-a-half times more likely to be uninsured
  • as youths, 3.5 times more likely to attempt suicide

But wait, there's more!

One in seven LGBT Missourians reports discrimination at work, there are only 15 registered "LGBT-affiriming" primary care physicians in the state, and not a single one is located in rural areas.

"As Missouri law stands, if an individual becomes incapacitated, the same-sex partner or spouse cannot make decisions on behalf of the incapacitated partner without the power of attorney," the report reads. "Same-sex partners are treated as legal strangers."

Read the whole report here.

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