WVU research finds LGBTQ people face barriers to health care, especially in rural areas

By interviewing researchers and physicians, Zachary Ramsey — a doctoral candidate in the West Virginia University School of Public Health — identified four pressing health issues that sexual and gender minorities face: discrimination, heteronormativity, health care system barriers and the interconnectedness of physical, mental and social health.

Rural, transgender populations face greater healthcare disparities, WVU research show

New research from West Virginia University suggests that transgender and gender diverse individuals in rural areas face greater challenges receiving basic healthcare needs than their counterparts. Up to 61% of participants said they had to travel out of state for gender-related care, while over one-third reported they avoid seeking healthcare altogether for fear of discrimination.