Sexual Minority Groups and Urban Health

  • Ruth Finkelstein
  • Julie Netherland

9.0. Conclusion

LGBT history, culture and health are inextricably intertwined with cities. Cities, despite the health risks they pose, continue to play a critical role in supporting and affirming the full diversity of the LGBT community. LGBT people, in turn, have contributed much to the cultural and economic life of cities as well as to innovative approaches to health care advocacy and service delivery. Nonetheless, significant health issues and barriers to healthcare for LGBT people remain. Because of the numbers and density of LGBT people in urban areas, cities provide a unique opportunity for public health practitioners, urban planners, and policy makers to develop and test creative strategies to improve the health and well-being of sexual minorities and eliminate the barriers that persist.


Sexual Orientation Sexual Minority Hate Crime Urban Health Lesbian Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Finkelstein
    • 1
  • Julie Netherland
    • 1
  1. 1.Office of Special PopulationsNew York Academy of MedicineNew York

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