Abortion's impact within the LGBTQ+ community

Data from 2022 shows that lesbians and bisexuals are more likely to experience an unwanted pregnancy.

Abortion's impact within the LGBTQ+ community
In this week's newsletter: How the state's abortion law could affect the community; Republicans accidentally leak a plan for abortion; A full week of queer events; And a brand new Out of the Closet to win free swag.


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LGBTQ+ ABORTIONS: If you think that abortion law only affects cisgender straight women, you'd be very wrong.

Data released by the Human Rights Campaign in 2022 shows that LGBTQ+ communities, specifically bisexuals and lesbians, are more likely to need abortion care than their straight counterparts—and not by a small amount.

Citing statistics from the federal 2017-2019 National Survey for Family Growth, the report said 22.8% of lesbian women and 27.2% of bisexual women reported needing an abortion. That is in comparison to 15.4% of exclusively heterosexual women who needed to terminate a pregnancy. Read our full story here.

WHAT WE’RE KEEPING AN EYE ON: The study cites that abusive relationships and forced sexual encounters are often to blame for unwanted pregnancies among lesbians and bisexual cisgender women.

But there's also access to contraception, and sex education. For those who have been keeping up with our reporting, we've been deeply looking into how the state's poor sex education has an effect on the queer community. Increased HIV and syphilis diagnoses have been two issues we highlighted earlier this year. And last month, we reported on how outdated regulations could push youth into more risky behavior.

We want to know about your experiences in this realm, and our reporter Shelby Rae Wills is ready to take your call and hear your story. You can reach them at rae@lookoutphx.org.

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  • OOPS!: The Republican strategy to undercut voters this November in the event of a yes vote for abortion access was leaked on accident by a member of the House. LOOKOUT
  • FUTURE OF LOCAL NEWS: LOOKOUT is a finalist in the Glen Nelson Center's Next Challenge for Media & Journalism. Ten out of 200 startup news outlets were chosen. If we win, we have a chance at up to $60,000 in grant funds. Next Challenge
  • ABORTION BAN CONTINUES: After the Senate successfully voted to introduce a bill banning the 1864 territorial-era law banning abortions, the House for the second time shut it down. AZ Mirror

  • FUTURE RELIEF?: More transgender Americans are facing stressful encounters in their everyday lives. Could November's election change that? The 19th*
  • SHOOTINGS: After a mass shooting, online agitators such as Libs of TikTok and Elon Musk have used the opportunity to say the perpetrators are trans. That hasn't been true, but it's part of a long history of portraying trans people as violent. them.
  • REPEALING LANGUAGE: A coalition has been staffed to try and repeal anti-LGBTQ+ language from Hawaii's constitution. Hawaii News Now


Have a community event coming up you want LOOKOUT to highlight? Email us.

  • Fri. April 19 - Bawker Bawker Cider House is hosting a queer speed dating night in Tucson. Info
  • Sat. April 20 - Join Phoenix Pride and Southwest Center in learning how to address mental health treatment and stigma. Info
  • Sun. April 21 - Go grab some brunch with the Queer AF crowd at Hotel Congress. Info
  • Sun. April 22 - Join Sassy DeMornay during a Drag Story Hour online. Info
  • Tues. April 23 - YumBar is hosting an “Unstable Unicorns” game night with the crew from Phoenix Takeover. Info
  • Tues. April 23 - Boycott Bar is screening "The Lesbian Bar Project: FLINTA." FLINTA is a German acronym for marginalized genders. Info
  • Fri. April 26 - Black Phoenix Organizing Collective is selling wares from disabled artists and merchants at Palabras Bookstore. Info
  • Fri. April 26 - Friends of the Pima County Public Library are having a Community Used Book Sale. Info
  • Sat. May 18 - Get all dressed up for the Sparkle Glitter GLSEN prom. Info


Without the LGBTQ+ community, there’s less meaning. Guess the word below with only the support of the letters L, G, B, T, Q, I, A and submit your answer to be entered into our monthly drawing for exclusive LOOKOUT swag. The more times you play, the more chances you get to win! The next drawing will be April 30.


Hint: The German acronym for marginalized genders. (Another hint: scroll up.)

Last Week's Answer: October

Bruce A. (Gilbert); Clark O.(Phoenix); Quest H.(Tucson)

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