Lesbian massage therapy is the new sex therapy.
But while there are many reasons why lesbian massage therapists want to be part of the healing process, some are frustrated that the health care system doesn’t do enough to provide them with the support and access they need.
“I’ve never been able to access the support that I need to get through this process,” says Jennifer Cramton, a massage therapist in Houston.
“It’s frustrating, but it’s the truth.”
That’s because in the past, lesbians have been relegated to the margins of the healthcare system, with little to no support from the federal government or other health care providers.
In many cases, lesbians don’t even qualify for Medicaid because of the stigma associated with the condition.
Lesbians have also been excluded from government health insurance programs, as well as from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is meant to provide health care to all Americans.
Now, the LGBT community is getting the support they need from the medical community and the federal healthcare system.
According to a study published in March, the lesbian population is now one of the fastest-growing populations of people who have received medical treatment for sexual orientation and gender identity disorder.
The study found that the lesbian community has a 15.5 percent prevalence of diagnosed sexual orientation disorder and a 12.7 percent prevalence for gender identity disorders.
According the study, lesbians are now experiencing a greater number of sexual and gender-related health problems, including a higher percentage of those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and suicide attempts.
But even in a country where LGBT people have historically been the butt of jokes and jokesters, lesbians still feel underrepresented in the health and mental health care community.
The lack of LGBTQ representation in healthcare is particularly noticeable among lesbians.
The LGBT community has historically had a disproportionately high number of mental health issues, such as suicide attempts and self-harm.
Studies have shown that lesbian and bisexual individuals are disproportionately affected by these mental health conditions.
One in five people in the United States experience at least one mental health condition at some point in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, an organization dedicated to ending violence against LGBTQ people, at least 30 percent of LGBTQ people are living in poverty.
And the LGBTQ community suffers disproportionately from mental health problems and poverty.
“LGBTQ people are more likely to have depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and mental illnesses,” said Lisa L. Sussman, a program manager for the National Alliance of LGBT Health Professionals, in a statement.
“These mental health disorders and poverty disproportionately impact LGBTQ people and can result in barriers to accessing health care, leading to poorer health outcomes for LGBTQ people.”
In some cases, LGBT people may be forced to seek out and accept care that may not be available to their peers.
According a 2015 report by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the lesbian and gay community suffers from high rates of homelessness, and the lesbian-to-gay population is twice as likely as the gay-to, bisexual-to or transgender-to population to experience homelessness.
“There are very few health care options for lesbian and queer people and there are few health providers who are trained and experienced to serve them,” NCTE Senior Policy Counsel, Marjorie Schmitt, said in a 2016 press release.
“A transgender patient may be treated in a medical clinic, but if they need hormone therapy, they’re referred to an alternative provider.
And even if they are referred to a medical provider, they may have a very limited opportunity to receive the care they need because they’re often too embarrassed to disclose their gender identity.”
The lack, often, of access to care and resources is especially detrimental for LGBT people of color, who are disproportionately impacted by mental health disparities and are at higher risk of experiencing substance abuse and suicide.
“We need to make the LGBT health care systems more inclusive, and we need to help those who need the most,” says Caitlyn Smith, executive director of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
“That means being more proactive and educating providers about the needs of the community, and also making sure that those who have access to health care are being able to receive it.”
LGBT advocates believe that a comprehensive health care policy is needed to address the needs that the LGBT population has, and that is exactly what the Obama Administration is implementing through the Affordable Access, Affordable Care, and Modernization Act (aka Obamacare).
According the ACA, the Department of Labor and HHS will be implementing an LGBT health policy, and a number of states are implementing their own policies.
Transgender and gender nonconforming people are also expected to receive equal access to healthcare under the ACA.
The goal of this policy is to make sure that transgender people are able to get healthcare that will support their health,