Who is entitled to healthcare? Basic care as exceptional care for LGBTIQA+ People with Disability

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Headshot of Dr JR Latham, a man with a moustache and beard, wearing a blue T-shirt, standing in front of a climbing-plant-covered wall Dr J. R. Latham explores the experiences of LGBTIQA+ people with disability in accessing healthcare and community services in our April Research and Practice seminar.

Wednesday 27 April 2022 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr Stephanie Lusby
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Dr J. R. Latham
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Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public

Based on focus group data collected by academic and peer researchers (LGBTIQA+ people with disability) in Victoria in 2019, we analysed experiences of healthcare and community services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and asexual people with disability. Participants described having to repeatedly ‘come out’ in a range of ways and contexts as complex and layered processes in which it was difficult to present their full range of needs and experiences to services, where participants constantly had to make decisions about which aspects of their identities to reveal and when. Connection and participation in varied community groups promoted a sense of belonging and resilience, which was understood to increase capacity to manage health service use and self-advocacy. In this presentation, I explore how this emphasis can unwittingly reproduce an imperative of individual responsibility for healthcare, which serves to partially obscure how systemic forms of discrimination impact access and experiences of health services for a range of marginalised people. Recognising and responding to the issues faced by LGBTIQA+ people with disability presents a way to pay attention to how overt and subtle practices of discrimination continue to operate despite repeated attempts at (or claims of being) ‘inclusive’. I draw together insights from this research project with work on addiction stigma by Farrugia, Pienaar, Fraser, Edwards & Madden (2020) to suggest ways that healthcare services can be better positioned to adopt a universal approach to healthcare, and thus deliver a range of Australian public health goals.

About Dr J. R Latham

J. R. Latham is Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University, and Honorary Fellow in Cultural Studies at The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a social scientist and critical theorist with expertise in health and medicine, gender and sexuality, and science and technology studies (STS). His research considers how queer people experience health services with the aim of improving outcomes for both patients and practitioners. He has published on this topic across a range of fields, and his research has been awarded multiple international prizes, including the Feminist Theory Essay Prize for best article of the year, and the Symonds Prize for excellence in critical inquiry from Studies in Gender and Sexuality. His first book, Making Maleness: Trans Men and the Politics of Medicine, is coming soon from the University of Minnesota Press. jrlatham.com

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