The Health of Sexual Minorities

Public Health Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations

  • Ilan H. Meyer
  • Mary E. Northridge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Who Are LGBT Individuals?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Kenneth M. Cohen
      Pages 27-47
    3. Robert M. Kertzner
      Pages 48-64
    4. William Byne
      Pages 65-90
  3. LGBT Health and the State

  4. Prejudice and Pride in Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Gregory M. Herek, Regina Chopp, Darryl Strohl
      Pages 171-208
    3. Mark B. Padilla, Ernesto Vásquez del Aguila, Richard G. Parker
      Pages 209-241
    4. Karen C. Fieland, Karina L. Walters, Jane M. Simoni
      Pages 268-300
    5. Juan Battle, Martha Crum
      Pages 320-352
  5. Research Methodologies

  6. Health Concerns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 471-471
    2. Anne A. Lawrence
      Pages 473-505
    3. Katherine A. O’Hanlan, Christy M. Isler
      Pages 506-522
    4. Deborah J. Bowen, Ulrike Boehmer, Marla Russo
      Pages 523-538
    5. Gregorio A. Millett, David Malebranche, John L. Peterson
      Pages 539-565
    6. Gregory L. Greenwood, Elisabeth P. Gruskin
      Pages 566-583
  7. Healthcare Systems and Services

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 717-731

About this book


Some books break myths. Others break silences. A few break new ground. The Health of Sexual Minorities achieves all three aims.

The first book of its kind, this resource offers a multidimensional picture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health across clinical and social disciplines to give readers a full and nuanced understanding of these diverse populations. Here are real-world matters of definition and self-definition (including sexual identity, gender identity, and anti-identity), meticulous analyses of stressor and health outcomes, an extensive coverage of research methodology concerns, and critical insights into the sociopolitical context of LGBT individuals’ health and lives.

-Developmental issues across the lifecourse

-Human rights and ethical issues

-Global perspectives of LGBT health

-Physical and mental health issues

-Issues and concerns of racial/ethnic minority groups

-Health concerns of lesbian and bisexual women

-Prejudice and homophobia as social stressors

-A comprehensive review of quantitative and qualitative research methodology

-Tobacco, alcohol, and substance use issues

-The current state of LGBT health care and strategies for improvement

-The impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on LGBT communities

The Health of Sexual Minorities is an advanced-level text whose scope and accessibility makes it useful to a broad audience. Over 50 contributors have made this a work of crucial importance to public health and health care professionals and biomedical and social science researchers. The Health of Sexual Minorities encourages clear thinking, informed practice, and effective, progressive policy for improved health and well-being of LGBT individuals and communities.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ilan H. Meyer
    • 1
  • Mary E. Northridge
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-28871-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-31334-4
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