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Challenging heterosexism: towards non-heterosexist policy and regulation in health and social security agencies  
http://www.cewh-cesf.ca/PDF/acewh/fact_sheets/moving11.pdf

Summarizes research findings. Examines heterosexism and its impact on lesbians in rural Newfoundland.

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Published: 2000
Silent no more: making health and social services accessible to lesbians: research report summary  
http://rqasf.qc.ca/files/resume_lesb_anglais.pdf

Provides a summary of research looking at the barriers lesbians face when trying to access health and/or social services in Quebec. Includes a list of recommendations aimed at making health and social services accessible to all lesbians.

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Published: 2003
Invisibility, safety and psycho-social distress among same-sex attracted women in rural South Australia

Examines how same-sex attracted (SSA) women experience life in rural areas of Australia and how this influences their psycho-social wellbeing.

Published: 2005
Making choices/taking chances: lesbian/bi/queer women assisted conception, and reproductive health  
http://www.cewh-cesf.ca/PDF/bccewh/making-choices.pdf

Interviews lesbian women throughout BC about their experiences with assisted conception, side effects of fertility drugs, grieving and sexual transmitted disease through donor insemination.

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Published: 2002
Out in the cold: the context of lesbian health in Northern British Columbia  
http://www.cewh-cesf.ca/PDF/bccewh/out-in-the-cold.pdf

Illustrates the impact of an anti-lesbian/anti-gay social climate and its permeation into health care services.

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Published: 2001
Improving the access to and quality of public health services for lesbians and gay men: a position paper for the Ontario Public   
http://www.opha.on.ca/ppres/2000-01_pp.pdf
Provides the Ontario Public Health Association with a framework to improve the quality of care and the accessibility to health services for lesbians and gay men. Reviews the social contexts and issues that perpetuate the experiences of discrimination and oppression. Examines how oppression impacts the health and well-being of lesbians and gay men and argues that sexual identity should be considered as a determinant of health. Presents an action plan to identify potential health risks, educate communities with the goal to change attitudes, and improve the quality of interactions of gay men and lesbians with the health sector. (See Details)
Published: 2000
Scarleteen: sex education for the real world  
http://www.scarleteen.com/
American site that provides information for teens on all aspect of positive sexuality, including birth control, safe sex and sexually transmitted infections, masturbation and self-pleasuring, anatomy, diverse sexual orientation and identification, sexual and romantic relationship and communication tools, and care and compassion in sexual technique and practice. (See Details)
Challenging heterosexism: towards non-heterosexist policy and regulation in health and social security agencies  
http://www.acewh.dal.ca/eng/reports/fnlbella_2.pdf
Provides tools through which health and social security agencies and practitioners can assess and correct the heterosexist bias in their programs and activities. (See Details)
Published: 2000
Lesbians face unique health care problems
Examines the health care problems that lesbians can experience, and the barriers they can face when trying to access adequate health care services.
Published: 1991
Advocacy for women's health should include lesbian health  
http://caliban.ingentaselect.com/vl=1644263/cl=75/nw=1/rpsv/cw/mal/15409996/v13n2/s13/p227
States that established scientific studies are often not reflected in laws and judicial opinions for lesbians with regard to employment, taxation, pensions, disability, healthcare, immigration, military service, marriage, custody, and adoption. Finds that psychological and epidemiological research confirms that the public discriminatory attitudes and second-class legal status cause physical, emotional, and financial harm to lesbians, their families, and their children, and that some lesbians experience discrimination in healthcare and avoid routine primary healthcare. Argues that to decrease the harm, and improve the health of lesbians, medical institutions can include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies and offer domestic partner coverage in employment benefits. (See Details)
Published: 2004