Letters to the Editor

Definition of Sexual Minority Raises Concerns for Reader (and Author Response)

Sharon M. Mills-Wisneski

Ulrike Boehmer

ONF 2012, 39(3), 241-241. DOI: 10.1188/12.ONF.241

While I did enjoy the article by White and Boehmer (2012) in the March issue, I did have a hard time accepting the author's definition of sexual minority women. When I first saw the title, I immediately thought of minority women, thinking race or ethnicity. I just don't think that this title is appropriate. I have discussed this with some of my colleagues and I guess we are having a problem with the term (I don't want to use the word label).

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    Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities; Board on the Health of Select Populations; Institute of Medicine. (2011). The health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people: Building a foundation for better understanding. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
    White, J. L., & Boehmer, U. (2012). Long-term breast cancer survivors' perceptions of support from female partners: An exploratory study. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39, 210-217. doi:10.1188/12.ONF.210-217