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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 489-493

The possible role of the psychiatrist: The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population in India


School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong, Wollongong; Department of Psychiatry, Marie Bashir Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, NSW, Australia; College of Global Public Health, New York University, New York, USA

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Dr. Warren Kealy-Bateman
Department of Psychiatry, Marie Bashir Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, NSW

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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_83_17

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Sweeping social change is occurring in India with regard to the proposed transgender legislation and the enshrinement of associated rights. This progressive legislative change occurs as existing Indian law is profoundly reshaped by the judiciary with regard to other members of this sexually diverse group, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group. Now as a group of immense interest within high-income countries, this article through Government, legal, and medical literature, explores the possible population of interest in India, relevant law and associated health disparities. The author considers the evidence of a mental health burden, among the estimated 45.4 million LGBT people in 2011. The complex contribution of psychiatrists is noted, and a prism for care delivery is suggested. The underlying goal of lower morbidity for the entire LGBT community is through enhanced care opportunities, understanding, and reduced societal discrimination.



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