Neither lesbian nor straight - reclaiming the middle ground

A/Prof. Ruth McNair MD

Women who are neither heterosexual nor lesbian-identified have traditionally been ignored in research and healthcare practice. Yet, recent research evidence indicates that these women have significant health inequities in areas of mental health, substance use, physical health and sexual health. Reasons for these inequities are not clear, although hypotheses include greater marginalisation and social isolation, and an absence of a unifying activist voice. Emerging literature indicates that these women are a disparate group with few unifying features, and varied sexual attraction, behaviour and identity.

 

 

2011 Australasian Sexual Health Conference 'Sex in the City', recorded in September 2011 Canberra, Australia.

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A/Prof. Ruth McNair MD

Ruth is a general practitioner in an inner-urban general practice and Associate Professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. Her clinical interests include lesbian and bisexual women’s health and sexual health. Recent research includes comparative analysis of health data in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health according to sexual orientation; and her Ph.D. study on patient-doctor relationships between same-sex attracted women and their usual GP, completed in 2009.
She was a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Health and Wellbeing from 2000 to 2010 and Chairperson during 2010. This role included the development of a guide for publicly funded health services on GLBTI inclusive practice.

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