LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) Students
The PCC recognizes the unique needs of students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex or who are dealing with issues related to sexuality and gender identity/expression. It is not uncommon for students to be reluctant to reach out for help in fear of facing discrimination and/or marginalization. The PCC staff collaborates with campus and community partners to promote awareness and outreach to students as well as to strengthen delivery of culturally sensitive mental health services. Visit The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender, Queer, Intersex life at Vanderbilt University- a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. Also visit the Vanderbilt Student Health Center to become familiar with their comittment to LGBTI health.
Members of the LGBTQI community have often found to be at risk for mental health concerns related to their identities and experiences of oppression, as compared to their heterosexual counterparts.
Please review the following resources from the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health to learn more:
Your Unique Health Care Needs
LGBTI patients are at increased risk for a variety of medical conditions and issues, including:
Depression and anxiety
LGBTI patients are more likely to have depression or anxiety, possibly due to violence, discrimination, or isolation.
Members of the LGBTI community, especially adolescents, are at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts.
Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse
LGBTI patients are more likely to drink or smoke, which can lead to liver disease, lung cancer, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.
Gay and bisexual men and bisexual women are more likely to abuse drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, and amphetamines.
Gay and bisexual men are at increased risk for anal cancers. Lesbian women are at increased risk for breast cancer.
Men who have sex with men are at increased risk for HIV/STIs. Women who have sex with women have higher rates of bacterial vaginosis.
Men who have sex with men are at increased risk for spreading hepatitis A and B viruses and should be vaccinated to prevent disease.
Complications from Hormone Therapy
Hormone therapy can have adverse effects for people, including transgender individuals. Hormones should only be taken under medical supervision.