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Homophobia and Health Disparities for the Transgender Community

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Author: Lily Davis

Despite great strides for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, homophobia continues to limit the rights and resources of this community. One of the most significant areas in which this community lacks resources is that of the health care system. LGBT persons face many barriers to health care due to financial issues and socioeconomic status, stigma and discrimination, and most significantly, a lack of sufficiently educated physicians (Safer, et al., 2016). Trans individuals often face difficulties regardless of the types of care they are seeking, such as; preventative medicine, routine and emergency care, or transgender-related services. Lack of access to health care is contributing to overall poorer health for trans individuals. Overall, transgender individuals face many health disparities as compared to their heterosexual counterparts. In 2010, a national transgender discrimination survey on health and health care found that respondents report…

Ageism: Millennials are the WORST!

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Ageism: Millennials are the WORST!




Ageism is very widely spread flow of humans’ stereotypes and believes connected with the age peculiarities and tendencies. It is rather collective than personal. The overall tone and content of this flow is extremely negative as it demonstrates certain drawbacks and discrepancies of an age class even if it is not so in reality. The notion ‘ageism’ was created by a psychiatrist Robert Butler in 1969. He claimed the term to stand for stigmas, myths, dislikes and numerous biases in relation to the aging groups together with ‘discriminatory practices in housing, employment, and services of all kinds’ (Butler, 1980). Nowadays, the most vivid and the most popular demonstration of Ageism (other than towards the elderly) is the issue with Millennials and their hot debates with Baby Boomers generation. Both age classes have a number of stereotypes and stigmas they use and stick to. Unfortunately, such prejudices sometimes prevent a healthy dialogue between the…

How Gender and Identity Create and Reinforce Inequalities

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Author: Eric Goedereis, Ph.D.

Over the past few classes, we've discussed how stereotypes and stigma contribute to various inequalities. During today's class, we spent time discussing identity, first demonstrating those "top three aspects" of our respective identities, then working to unpack why those characteristics are so salient to us.

Not surprisingly, a room full of college students offered "student" and other, similar achievement-oriented descriptions of the most important parts of their own identities. This led to a discussion of why people pursue education in the first place, who has access to education, and of course, what happens when degree-seeking persons finally graduate and find jobs.

Most of the students were familiar with the concept of the "glass ceiling" and the gender wage gap. For example, worldwide, women earn roughly 23% less than men. In the European Union, this figure drops to a 16.2% difference; Greek women can expect to earn …