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!Read More
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:
- Human Rights Campaign: Resource Guide to Coming Out
- American Psychological Association: Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
- Center for American Progress: The Affordable Care Act and LGBT Families
- Search our Find a Psychologist database of National Register credentialed psychologists
In one study, researchers found that LGB young adults ages 21-25 who reported that their families were highly rejecting of their sexuality during their teenage years were roughly eight times more likely to report having attempted suicide…Read More
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.Read More
Our most recent addition to our Self-Help Videos is a promotional video for the It Gets Better Project for LGBT youth. This project’s website is a great resource for LGBT youth as it offers information, resources, and more than 50,000 videos.Read More
What do I do if my child is gay? “Lead with Love” is a 35-minute documentary created to help answer that question.Read More
The Importance of Visibility: Recognizing Bisexuality in the LGBTQIA Community By Madeline E. B. Wesh, PsyD
Despite being a recognized term for over 100 years, those who identify as bisexual still face rejection and stigmatization. Bisexuals are regularly pressed to “pick a side,” and often, bisexual identity is simply erased because society tends to assume the sexual orientation of others based upon the partners with whom they are seen.Read More