A new survey to
be conducted by the Welsh gay rights group Stonewall
Cymru will look at the health needs of lesbian, gay, and
bisexual people in north and mid Wales. The survey,
titled "Inside-Out," will be the first of its kind to
explore such needs in Wales, reports The Liverpool
"The 'Inside-Out' survey is a vital part of our
ongoing campaign work to ensure all lesbian, gay, and
bisexual people receive fair treatment," said
Jenny Porter, community liaison officer for Stonewall Cymru.
"We are still hearing of lesbians being refused smear
tests simply because of their sexuality and gay men
fearful to come out to their doctor in case they are
sent for an HIV/AIDS test."
Porter says the survey's results
"will provide a clear indication of what the
issues are for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in health
care situations and will inform our future campaigning work."
The findings of the survey will be submitted to
the Welsh assembly government and the NHS Cymru Centre
for Equality and Human Rights in the spring. (The
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