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Minnesota: Dawoodbhoy in Documentary About Barriers in Queer Women’s Health Care

University of Minnesota School of Public Health MHA student Ms. Nafeesa Dawoodbhoy is featured in a new documentary on queer women’s health titled “Patient No More.” The film gathers experts from the medical profession, local community, government and more to explore the barriers  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (or questioning) and other (LGBTQ+) women encounter across health care systems and how the never-ending hunt for affirming care affects their lives.

“I love the idea of a documentary focusing on queer women’s health as queer women are often invisible, misunderstood, and ostracized in health care and women’s health,” said Ms. Dawoodbhoy.

Ms. Dawoodbhoy, who is a sexual health educator, discusses medical notions of “risky” sexual behaviors and how that often leads queer people, people in open relationships or those who are classified as deviant by the medical community to be treated as risky patients.

“Sexual risk is defined by the medical profession in a way that deems everyone not following a heteronormative, monogamous sexual life to be considered risky,” said Ms. Dawoodbhoy. “I talk about how these notions of risk impact queer health care and how, ultimately, patients are in charge of their bodies and how much risk they choose to take.”

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