Next Article in Journal
Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Motion Tracking-Based Online Fitness Program for Office Workers
Next Article in Special Issue
Propensity Score Analysis Assessing the Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases among the Transgender Population in the United States Using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2017–2019)
Previous Article in Journal
Catering Work Profession and Medico-Oral Health: A Study on 603 Subjects
Previous Article in Special Issue
Sexuality Attitudes and Beliefs Survey (SABS): Validation of the Instrument for the Spanish Nursing Students
Article

LGBTQI+ Healthcare (in)Equalities in Portugal: What Can We Learn from Asexuality?

Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, 3000-995 Coimbra, Portugal
Academic Editors: Ilaria Baiardini and Jonathan Tritter
Healthcare 2021, 9(5), 583; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050583
Received: 12 March 2021 / Revised: 28 April 2021 / Accepted: 12 May 2021 / Published: 14 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sexual and Gender Diversity in Healthcare Provision)
The main purpose of this article is to analyse how healthcare providers in Portugal perceive asexuality. To do so, the author makes use of qualitative data from both the CILIA LGBTQI+ Lives project and The Asexual Revolution doctoral research on asexuality in Portugal, namely, a focus group conducted with healthcare providers, drawing from their assessment of interview excerpts with people identifying as asexual. The data were explored according to thematic analysis and revealed three major tendencies: (1) old tropes at the doctor’s office; (2) narratives of willingness to learn about the subject; and (3) constructive and encouraging views of asexuality. From this analysis, valuable lessons can be drawn concerning the respect for gender and sexual diversity. The author argues that both formal and informal learning play an important role in building cultural competence among healthcare providers. This could be achieved both by introducing sexual and gender diversity in curricula in HE and through media exposure on these subjects. Overall, it will lead to building knowledge and empathy about marginalised groups, and will help fight inequalities of LGBTQI+ people in healthcare. As such, LGTBQI+ activism that puts the topics of asexuality and LGBTQI+ in the media agenda, is a powerful strategy. Hence, because healthcare providers show willingness to learn, the media becomes a source for learning about asexual and LGTBQI+ experiences, which they can incorporate in their medical practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: asexuality; sexual citizenship; life course inequalities; LGBTQ health; healthcare asexuality; sexual citizenship; life course inequalities; LGBTQ health; healthcare
MDPI and ACS Style

Alcaire, R. LGBTQI+ Healthcare (in)Equalities in Portugal: What Can We Learn from Asexuality? Healthcare 2021, 9, 583. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050583

AMA Style

Alcaire R. LGBTQI+ Healthcare (in)Equalities in Portugal: What Can We Learn from Asexuality? Healthcare. 2021; 9(5):583. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050583

Chicago/Turabian Style

Alcaire, Rita. 2021. "LGBTQI+ Healthcare (in)Equalities in Portugal: What Can We Learn from Asexuality?" Healthcare 9, no. 5: 583. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050583

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop