Have you come out to your GP?

Publish Date: 18/09/2013

Leading up to Coming out Day this Friday, we want your experiences of 'coming out' to your GP! 

At The LGF we get a mixture of stories about GP’s such as patients singing their praises on their extensive knowledge and support with same sex family planning, but also negative experiences where lesbians have reported being pushed to go on contraception because their GP presumes they are having sex with men.

Our Pride in Practice Project is about supporting GPs to provide an inclusive and positive experience, but to do that we need to know where GP’s and surgeries need to improve.

We are looking for lesbian, gay and bisexual people to share their stories about their GP, to help improve experiences for others, and ensure doctor’s surgeries focus on meeting the needs of their LGB patients.

Jennifer’s* Story

‘I went to my GP because I needed some advice on family planning for me and my long term partner. I was asked if I used contraception and said ‘no’. Instantly my GP started to tell me how irresponsible I was.

I felt really uncomfortable about correcting their mistake of having assumed I was heterosexual, and ended up taking leaflets about contraception and not getting the support I went in for!

Mark’s* Story

“When going for a regular sexual health check up, I was asked if I slept with men, women, or both. I said ‘both’ and the nurse was great giving me a Hep A vaccination and my first HIV test.

She also spoke to me about how to bring up safer sex with male partners and I left feeling really positive and empowered! I now practice regular safer sex with my male partners.

Just that one question asked by the nurse really did have a huge impact on my sexual health!

If you would like to share your experiences of your GP as an LGB patient, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact pip@lgf.org.uk.