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People who identify as LGBTQ encounter discrimination in a variety of contexts. For example, did you know that 90% of LGBTQ individuals experience mistreatment in school?

As a result of persistent prejudice, it is especially important for people who are LGBTQ to have access to resources, such as a psychologist. Because of detailed practice guidelines and extensive experience, psychologists are especially equipped to meet the needs of the LGBTQ community.

There are many terms used to describe sexuality and gender identity expression. Understanding these terms is important because they help people understand that everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can live happy and fulfilling lives. Discovering one’s sexual orientation and gender identity is a unique process for everyone; asking questions and seeking support from a psychologist is one way to help this process.

For more information please consider the following resources:

Discrimination Can Be Stressful by Dr. Kristine M. Diaz

Discrimination Can Be Stressful by Dr. Kristine M. Diaz

We know that stress can affect your health, particularly, your mental health. But, did you know that the stress you feel as someone who identifies from a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or sex development can produce the same kind of stress? It can!

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NPR: Probing The Complexities Of Transgender Mental Health

NPR: Probing The Complexities Of Transgender Mental Health

Experiencing the world as a different gender than one’s biological sex is a struggle in itself. In addition to the toll of day-to-day life, transgender individuals often experience a higher level of mental health stressors and poorer mental health outcomes than individuals who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.

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