This week, the District Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs released the “LGB Health 2010 Report,” an examination of everything from smoking habits to sexual behavior in the gay community. This is the District’s first report to address the health of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in the District. But as the report’s title makes clear, the transgender community has yet again been excluded from the official conversation on health. Also underrepresented here: African-American men and women under the LGB umbrella.
The methodology of the [study] itself raises questions about the reliability of the data and how it represents the true health of the LGB community, as reflected by the limited number of responses from African American LGBT people. The survey’s findings rely on an identity-based rather than a behavioral questionnaire, which may exclude men who have sex with other men (MSM) but do not identify as gay.
And, as always: “the absence of information on transgender health underscores the pressing need for better data on the transgender community in the District,” the DC Center writes.