Government of Canada studies LGBTQ2 Health
In Canada, LGBTQ2 people continue to face barriers to their physical, mental and sexual health. From coast to coast to coast, many LGBTQ2 communities struggle to maintain positive health outcomes, often because of a lack of access to services due to prevailing stigma and prejudice towards sexual and gender minorities. Despite these health inequities, the government of Canada has yet to take a serious look at the causes behind them.
CBRC has been working with Parliamentarians of all political stripes to champion the need for a nation-wide review of LGBTQ2 health, the first of its kind in Canada.
On February 28, 2019 — The House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA) began to hear from a list of witnesses, many of which are LGBTQ2 people, about what the Federal government can do to improve the health of our communities. This lasted over two months and took place in two main ways:
1. Submitting an evidence brief (before May 2):
- Addressing the High Burden of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs) Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in Canada
- Protecting Canadian sexual and gender minorities from harmful sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts.
- Improving Substance Use Related Policies for Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Men
- See full list here.
2. Testifying as a witness to HESA, with organizations like CBRC invited to share research and expert opinion with the committee
- Meeting No. 137 - LGBTQ2 Health in Canada (February 28, 2019) Learn more here.
- Meeting No. 138 - LGBTQ2 Health in Canada (April 9, 2019) Learn more here.
- Meeting No. 139 - LGBTQ2 Health in Canada (April 11, 2019) Learn more here.
- Meeting No. 140 - LGBTQ2 Health in Canada (April 30, 2019) Learn more here.
- Meeting No. 141 - LGBTQ2 Health in Canada (May 2, 2019) Learn more here.
- Meeting No. 142 - LGBTQ2 Health in Canada (May 7, 2019) Learn more here.
- Meeting No. 143 - LGBTQ2 Health in Canada (May 9, 2019) Learn more here.
Check back here to see how HESA hearings are progressing, or learn what else we’re doing to promote the health and well-being of the GBT2Q community.