Life-saving Healthcare for LGBT People — Telehealth

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

We can do an extraordinary number of things with our phones. They are lifelines that serve as our emergency contacts, maps, planners, journals, clocks and our main way to access friends and family at all times. Most recently, with the release of the Apple Watch, improved Fit Bit and many other 24 hour monitoring devices, we are able to track almost everything our body does and how it’s performing. But soon, due to a new innovation in the world of healthcare, they will also be a direct link to our doctors and medical appointments. This innovation is known as telehealth or “mobile healthcare” and encompasses everything from emergency calls to writing prescriptions.

There is little else more important than health and wellbeing. As a result, healthcare has been long established as a fundamental necessity. However, for many LGBT, especially homeless, vulnerable LGBT youth, healthcare is often too difficult to obtain. It’s a discouraging fact that a disproportionate number (Over 40 percent) of homeless youth on the street today identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. An alarming fact, especially when weighed against the fact that 81 percent of LGBT youth are reported to search for medical related information online as opposed to only 46 percent of non-LGBT youths. (Statistic from LGBT Tech’s Connect 4 Life report.)