213031 Lessons from Audre Lorde's The Cancer Journals: Exploring the health of Black lesbian and bisexual women through the intersections of sex/gender, race, sexual identity, and socioeconomic status

Monday, November 9, 2009: 9:25 AM

Lisa Bowleg, PhD , School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Historically, Black lesbian and bisexual women have been invisible from much of the health literature. Yet, it is well documented in the empirical literature that racial discrimination, sex and gender discrimination, and heterosexism have deleterious health outcomes for people who are ethnic minority, women, or non-heterosexual. These findings raise the logical question of what the health challenges of Black lesbian and bisexual women are, for whom all of these forms of social inequality intersect hypothetically or in reality? This presentation will highlight the health of Black lesbian and bisexual women through the intersections of racism, heterosexism, sexism and classism.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the health challenges faced by Black lesbians and bisexual women; 2. Discuss the impact of the intersection of social inequality such as racism, heterosexism, and sexism on Black lesbian and bisexual women’s health; and 3. Discuss the theoretical and applied implications of conducting health research with Black lesbians and bisexual women.

Keywords: Lesbian, African American

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an Associate Professor who has an interest and research experience in the health of sexual minority women.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.