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Research on pain during sex often excludes LGBTQ+ people, which limits ideas about the bodies and identities of people who have this type of pain to the experiences of cisgender individuals. (Pexels/Lisett Kruusim)

1 in 4 people experience pain during sex, but research excludes the needs of the LGBTQ+ community

Pain during sex is common, but research on the topic focuses on a narrow heterosexual, cisgender definition of sex, excluding lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people’s experiences.
An image from the comic ‘Compassion’ by Kayleigh Fine, which was commissioned to illustrate the importance of compassionate care for 2SLGBTQ+ people. (Kayleigh Fine)

Compassion in health care reduces health inequality for 2SLGBTQ+ people

Accessing compassionate health care is often difficult for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other sexual identities, such as pansexual or asexual individuals (2SLGBTQ+).
Indonesian traditional dance performance Reog Ponorogo depicts intimate same-sex relationships between two characters, warok (men) and gemblak (boys). shutterstock

On gender diversity in Indonesia

Culturally, Indonesians have long recognised sexual and gender diversity as part of their daily lives.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited people who were forced out of the military or public service and some who were even prosecuted criminally for “gross indecency.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

LGBTQ2 apology is a good start, but it’s not enough

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to make a formal apology to LGBTQ2 communities for past state-sanctioned discrimination against them in Canada. But the apology must be more than just words.

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