Fitness facilities can feel intimidating to LGBT clients. Even without outward signs of discrimination, going to the gym can be stressful.
A lesbian woman, for example, may worry about making other women uncomfortable in the locker room, said Kelly "KC" Hall, a Colorado School of Public Health graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado who is studying transgender health equity.
"That's a huge barrier to physical activity," particularly for working women dependent on the gym's shower.
Hall continued on to say that because the LGBT community faces health disparities that cisgendered people normally don't, it's important to get them engaged in exercise.
While little research on the physical activity of each population within the LGBT community has been done, including comparisons to general populations, "it's clear that transgender people are less active."
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