Statewide survey: 64% of LGBTQIA+ patients concerned about medical access in Connecticut
A statewide survey of the LGBTQIA+ patients in the state revealed that they believe they're not being treated fairly by doctors.
Paul Whitman, of Southport, says he goes to the Circle Care Center in Norwalk for his medical needs due to its focus on LGBTQIA+ health care.
"Here, you can be comfortable being your authentic self," says Whitman.
He says at most clinics, he felt anonymous. The new survey says 64% of queer patients are concerned about medical access and 16% say a doctor refused to see them.
"We have a number of patients who've come here because of not having good experiences with general physicians out in the communities," says Dr. David Rubin, the Circle Care Center's medical director.
But in Connecticut, only a handful of practices with a focus on queer patients even exist.
"It's true. There are very few such clinics in Connecticut," says Rubin.
The clinic also offers a virtual option thanks to the pandemic. The Circle Care Center specializes in sexual health, especially for the transgender community.
"We're no different than anyone else," says Whitman.
This weekend on "Connecticut Power and Politics," News 12's John Craven will take a deep-dive into the findings with the survey’s author. Catch it on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. as well as Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.