SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A newly elected county supervisor in California’s Santa Clara County who’s the first openly gay elected official there wants his constituents to have access to quality LGBT-focused health care, the Peninsula Press, a regional news outlet, reports.
“I very much want to have programs here … so no resident has to go to another county unless they want to for the services,” the Press quoted Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor, as saying in a Dec. article.
The Press said as many LGBT residents live in the Peninsula as do in nearby San Francisco but they make up a smaller percentage of the population according to the California Health Interview Survey data.
Residents are also concerned about whether local physicians are knowledgeable about the LGBT experience. Though 65 percent of all respondents said they have disclosed their sexual identification to their health care provider, some have noticed that their doctors are not as aware of the latest health concerns of LGBT people as perhaps they should be, the Press reports.