“My state is saying I’m not worthy,” said Lou Weaver, a transgender man. “I’m different, and I don’t deserve the same equality as my peers do, my neighbors do, and the other people around me do. It takes an emotional toll on people.”
Several studies suggest that rates of major depression, generalized anxiety, and substance abuse are much higher in the LGBT community, particularly youth, compared to the general population. Continued discrimination, bullying, and violence aimed at the queer community has been cited as a root cause of high rates of mental illness and suicide. The RaRE Report, a recent study out of the UK, found that 34 percent of LGB people under the age of 26 had made at least one suicide attempt in their lives, compared to 18 percent of those who identified as heterosexual. For young trans people, this figure rose to 48 percent, compared to 26 percent of cisgender individuals. Many psychologists note the need for continued efforts to provide mental health services specifically tailored to the needs of LGBT individuals.
McHugh, the hospital’s chief of psychiatry from 1975 to 2001, still believes that being transgender is largely a psychological problem, not a biological phenomenon.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups say women regularly face barriers to accessing healthcare and can have poor experiences when they do. Read more.
The transgender-specific services were a logical extension of the organization’s larger mission, a product of growing recognition of the LGBTQ community’s needs, and are intended as repudiation of the tone set at the Capitol.
Transgender members of our society have to confront a great deal of societal prejudice. For many, walking into a bathroom that coincided with their birth-sex would be dangerous to them.
In a recent interview, Beggs opened up about his past. He said he continued to struggle with gender dysphoria from seventh to ninth grade and it took a toll mentally.
Transgender and gender-fluid teens, particularly those born male, face up to three times more mental and physical abuse at school and at home than their gender-conforming peers, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.
For Black History Month, we’re sharing the experiences of black trans people across the country in order to highlight the many obstacles they have to overcome just to stay healthy — both mentally and physically.
While psychologists and other counselors have done invaluable work to reduce this risk, new research finds a different group of professionals has had an enormous positive impact: state legislators.
The report put together by the London Assemble Health Committee found that 40% of LGBT people in the capital have experienced a form of mental health issue.
Beginning in January, the University of Arkansas was scheduled to include gender-dysphoria benefits in its insurance for faculty and staff members under a requirement from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Opposed by a host of professional groups, conversion therapy attempts to change sexual orientation or how people identify their gender.
A disorder of gender identity that afflicts a minuscule number of Americans has become a polarizing cultural cause celebre.
The mother of a 16-year-old transgender boy who killed himself at a Maine juvenile detention facility is calling for more mental health resources for young people behind bars.
Society has made great leaps in its acceptance of transgender people. Science has a big part to play in keeping the momentum going.
Guest post by Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. This past May, the board of directors of Grantmakers in Health (GIH) decided to relocate the organization’s 2017 Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy from Charlotte, North Carolina, to another city. This difficult decision was made in light of the state Read more
While still a very small group, transgender inmates require special attention under new federal rules that seek to reduce inmate sexual assault.
A group of pastors is suing Illinois over a law that bars therapists and counselors from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation, saying in a Thursday filing that the prohibition violates free speech and religious rights.
“Sexual minority” youth — defined as gay, lesbian and bisexual or not sure — experience substantially higher levels of physical and sexual violence and bullying than their heterosexual peers, according to a new report released today from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As anyone who has read much about the subject can attest, the discussion about kids with gender dysphoria — that is, discomfort with their body and the feeling that they should have been born the other sex, or that they are the other sex — can get extremely heated and tricky. Much of the controversy Read more
Mental Health affects everyone regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
“There is no norm. We are all different; none of us is entirely wrong; to understand is to forgive.”
Researchers now have a broader understanding of the health disparities suffered by gay, lesbian and bisexual people. A recent study found that these groups are more likely to suffer psychological distress, heavy drinking and heavy cigarette smoking.
The need for a safe space for the most vulnerable kids from an already marginalized group is what led to the creation San Antonio’s Thrive Youth Center, which houses and helps LGBTQ youth who would otherwise be on the streets.