October in [email protected]
In 2019, the Stonewall 50/World Pride celebration will mark a half century since the infamous 1969 police raid on New York City’s Stonewall Inn, which triggered widespread protests and sparked the gay rights movement. However, despite the changes brought by the movement, the sexual and reproductive health field took a while to turn its attention to issues affecting the LGBT community. Because October is LGBT History Month, [email protected] will be highlighting studies on sexual minority populations that have been published in Perspectives over the last two decades. Many of the topics covered—sexual identity and attraction, patterns of sexual initiation and behavior, STD and unintended pregnancy risks, and sexual and reproductive health service needs—have long been poorly understood with regard to sexual minority groups, and these publications represent early efforts to collect data that can inform providers and programs, and hence improve services. Join us as we walk you through a sampling of the studies addressing the needs of LGBT individuals that have appeared in the journal.