The Health of Racialized Sexual and Gender Minorities in Canada: A Literature Review

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Graduate student (Masters)
Date created: 
Sexual minorities
Gender minorities
Racial and ethnic minority health
Indigenous health
Social and health inequities

This literature review is the first of its kind to examine the body of research on the health of racialized (i.e., Indigenous, Black, people of mixed ancestry/heritage, and people of colour) sexual and gender minorities in a Canadian context. The literature highlights how the particularities and intersections of racialization, gender, sexuality and other social determinants of health impact the health of racialized sexual and gender minorities in unique ways affecting access to health and social services, experiences of violence and discrimination, and sexual and mental health. Each racialized group discussed--Indigenous, Black and Asian--experience outcomes that differ from other racialized sexual and gender minorities, white sexual and gender minorities, and/or racialized heterosexual people. The implications of these findings suggest that racialized sexual and gender minorities have unique experiences and health outcomes that need to be addressed in specific and nuanced ways in sexual and gender minority research and public health practice.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Cari Miller
Health Sciences