Beneath the surface of any medical vulnerability, be it immunodeficiency, chronic disease etc. there is very often an underlying psychosocial component. There are determinants of health that create an environment where predisposition to poor outcomes increases. From age, education, to financial stability etc. we can produce a provisional list of vulnerable populations.
For example, there are First Nations and Aboriginal peoples, peoples living in poverty, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities and so on.
There are also people who are not as obviously predisposed, such as the gender and sexually diverse.
There has been a lot of coverage lately around LGBTQ populations. This is a group where individuals have a higher rate of depression and suicidal ideation, where experiences of bias, insensitivity, discrimination and inappropriate or inadequate health related services provided can impact their health and their future relationship with health care systems. Regardless of your impression, there has been no mistake that this is a vulnerable population from a public health perspective.
Strength in numbers and peer support are often great utilities for any person in difficult times. Places like LGBTQ Nation or even local Tumblr blogs like Queerability can help individuals build connections and find a support network. Every day there are more services, more resources, more visibility for this population of people. As the public opinion about gender and sexual orientation change, the gap that divides will continue to mend into a seamless, unified, and diversified future.