Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians
Bisexual women, gay men report increased intimate partner violence
A new study highlights the issues still facing the health of the GLBT community during LGBT History Month this October.
According to a new report issued by the Williams Institute, bisexual women and gay men face elevated risks of intimate partner violence. Author Naomi G Goldberg, MPP, said the findings show how violence impacts the GLBT community, especially as "Congress considers reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and we reflect on Domestic Violence Awareness Month."
The study also found that binge drinking and a history of psychological distress predicted intimate partner violence, but did not explain the disparities between bisexual and heterosexual women or between gay and heterosexual men. In fact, the authors remain unclear as to why this elevated risk exists. Intimate partner violence included physical and verbal abuse, or threats of physical abuse, by a current or former wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, or someone else an individual has lived with or dated. The study was published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
GLBT committee to host education session at AMA Interim Meeting
Physicians attending the AMA Interim Meeting in Honolulu this November are invited to attend an educational event hosted by the AMA Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Issues. The reception, caucus and educational session will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in 321A-B at the Hawaii Convention Center. Everyone is welcome to participate in a discussion about the "State of LGBT rights around the country."