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.
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.
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.
In a speech attacking the Obama administration’s support of trans students, state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald dismissed the entire idea of a trans identity. “You’re either male or you’re female, and it’s not changeable,” he said. “It’s reality. Inability to deal with that reality, or to recognize that reality, is disoriented, and can be disoriented to Read more
Chalice is a new superhero who can manipulate gravity so that she can fly. Chalice is also Charlie Young, a male college student, who, unbeknown to his family, is beginning to transition to female. Unlike most superheroes, who have to maintain one secret identity, Chalice has two.
The mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida could have a lasting impact on the mental health of the country’s LGBT community. The increasing evidence that homophobia may have motivated the Orlando shooter means that the effects of Sunday’s shooting will likely extend far beyond the city of Orlando itself.
The sad truth is that there is no national SWAT team specifically for mental health counseling. There is no FBI for trauma. There is no Homeland Security for PTSD. Today, Orlando needs to come to grips with this heinous act of violence. Tomorrow, we need to respond again to the trauma that the community will Read more
Psychologists have a term for when gay, lesbian, and bisexual people absorb negative ideas about their sexual orientations: It’s called internalized homophobia, and there are a few important things that research has shown about how it works. First, it can cause a raft of mental-health issues, including depression, suicidal tendencies, and problems forming stable relationships.
Orlando Tragedy: Writings from some foundation leaders.
Now this is how you respond to a tragedy.
He was a body builder and a security guard, a religious man who attended the local mosque and wanted to become a police officer. Early Sunday, 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando in an attack that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded, police said.
Denmark is preparing to change the law so that being transgender will no longer be considered a mental disorder.