Institutionalization and Incarceration of LGBT Individuals

  • Erin McCauley
  • Lauren Brinkley-RubinsteinEmail author


Experiences of social exclusion, stigma, and discrimination have had a sizable impact on both the unique mental health issues that members of the LGBT community face and their health-seeking behavior and access to care. Additional injustices experienced by LGBT people who are incarcerated further contribute to the burden of trauma accumulated across the life course and must be appropriately addressed during the recovery process. In this chapter we provide a brief history of the move to institutionalization and incarceration of LGBT individuals and the subsequent effect certain policies have had specifically on physical and mental health.


Mass incarceration Institutionalization Transinstitutionalization Survival crimes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Policy Analysis and Management, College of Human EcologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social MedicineUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Center for Health Equity ResearchUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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