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