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Digital Subscriptions > DIVA Magazine > January 2017 > Shining a light on LBTQI women’s health-care

Shining a light on LBTQI women’s health-care



Malta may have just become the first country to ban “gay cure” therapy but inequalities are still rife in the consulting room. Roberta* was told by a psychotherapist that she might have more chance of satisfactory relationships if she could decide whether she wanted to be with men or with women. Queeridentified Tonya* was told by hers that she had a deviant lifestyle. Kaye* was told she seemed to be “anti-men” whenever she was critical of white cismale privilege.

These stories are but a snapshot of the kinds of experiences that I’ve come across in the course of seeing LBTQI clients in my private therapy practice and as editor of DIVA. A new report has also found lesbian, bi and trans women are more likely to have negative experiences in mental health and hospital settings than in any other health-care setting, with 66% of the 101 LBT women surveyed saying they had encountered hostile attitudes or discrimination.

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We are delighted to have X Factor runner-up Saara Aalto on our cover this month! She tells Carrie Lyell about her time on the show and what it feels like to be the most successful female LGBT contestant ever. Don’t forget to check out our digital issue to see two of our favourite performances from the Finnish songbird. Also in this issue… How to change the world: Tips from women who have Sarah Waters shares her thoughts on The Handmaiden, a new film adaptation of Fingersmith, with Sophie Ward. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah on the importance of self-care Jane Hill considers LGBT life under President Trump Heather Peace speaks to same-sex parents to find out who does what in their household Vicky Beeching wants a New Year’s Revolution Exercise-fearing-femme Roxy Bourdillon roadtests the latest workouts DIVA readers on surviving major life challenges We reveal the shortlist for the DIVA Awards 2017 PLUS: Travel, fashion, family and much, much more!