Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education, Vol 3, No 1 (2013)

The Importance of Including the Needs of the LGBTIQ Community in the Millennium Development Goals and Education of Healthcare Professionals

Roya Haghiri-Vijeh


In this discussion paper, author uses critical social justice theory and queer theory as lenses in dissecting some of the health and social issues faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ) community from adolescent to elder age. Furthermore, the author is challenging United Nations for their lack of inclusion of this population in the millennium development goals (MDGs) and addresses the importance of including LGBTIQ community in the MDGs. In the latter part of the paper, implications for future research, the need for increase in education, and improving practice for nurses with the focus on addressing the health needs of LGBTIQ community is discussed.


LGBTIQ; Health Challenges; Social Justice and equity;

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