Gender Identity: Challenges to Accessing Social and Health Care Services for Lesbians in Nepal.

Pathak, R.S., Regmi, P., Puspa, P., Simkhada, P., Douglas, F. and Stephens, J., 2010. Gender Identity: Challenges to Accessing Social and Health Care Services for Lesbians in Nepal. Global Journal of Health Science, 2 (2), 207 - 204.

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Abstract

Literature about same-sex love and sexuality in Nepal is rare. However, limited anecdotal evidence on these issues signals that the health and social care needs of lesbians in Nepal are high. This qualitative study explores the challenges faced by lesbians in Nepal in accessing health and social services. In-depth interviews carried out with fifteen lesbians found that Nepalese lesbians face many challenges from families and society which result in a stressful life, homelessness and forced and unwanted relationships and marriage, including self-harming behaviours. They often face discrimination and harassment when coming out at public administration and social institutions. Hence, most lesbians of Nepal prefer not to disclose their sexual identity due to the fear of becoming isolated and not getting quality health care services.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1916-9744
Additional Information:Gender, Lesbian, Discrimination, Barriers, Nepal
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:22444
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:16 Sep 2015 12:51
Last Modified:16 Sep 2015 12:51

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