Quantifying the LGBT population has been a tough task for demographers and scientists since Alfred Kinsey took a stab at it in the 1940s; at that time, he said LGBT adults made up 10 percent of the populace. Now, the agreed-upon number of LGBT adults in the United States is approximately 4 million.
An ongoing issue for years has been the lack of research-backed, unbiased, de-politicized information about America’s LGBT population. This dearth of knowledge has impeded services, healthcare, funding for housing and many other issues that relate to LGBT elders.
The advent of LGBT Health, a new peer-reviewed journal from publisher Mary Ann Liebert, will hopefully improve the situation. The journal, which will launch this fall, seeks to identify crucial LGBT healthcare needs and provide an authoritative source and international forum on LGBT health and healthcare services.
LGBT Health editorial board member and Aging Today editorial board member Brian de Vries says the journal “is interested in understanding and representing the full diversity of the LGBT community, including the experiences of older LGBT adults. LGBT Health aims to make a significant contribution to the field, increasing the availability of culturally sensitive and appropriate LGBT healthcare, improving the care and health outcomes of LGBT persons and their families—in all of their many forms.”
The journal hopes to promote greater awareness of LGBT health concerns, encourage research, improve treatment options and outcomes, and foster understanding. LGBT Health will “assess the healthcare needs of each population that comprises the LGBT community, and identify gaps in knowledge as well as priority areas where policy development and research are needed to achieve healthcare parity for sexual and gender minorities,” says editor-in-chief William Byne, M.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
Coverage will run from population studies, best practices and disparities to reproductive health and mental well-being and more. Check back with our ASA AgeBlog for updates when the journal comes out in fall 2013.
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