LGBTQ identity

LGBTQ identity At the end of last year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued a report stating that “conversion therapy – efforts to change an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression – is a practice that is not supported by credible evidence.  The report follows…

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Same-Sex Marriage and Mental Health

Same-Sex Marriage and Mental Health The recent ruling supporting supporting same-sex marriage will have significant implications for the emotional well-being of many gays and lesbians and their children.  Same-sex couples were demeaned and their children humiliated by barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage.  Historically, same-sex couples were stigmatized and discriminated…

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Transgender Military Service

Transgender Military Service The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates unanimously passed a GLMA-led resolution stating “there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals” from US military service.  Now we wait to see when this resolution is put into policy, and when the policy can actually decrease discrimination…

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Gay and Lesbian Issues

Gay and Lesbian Issues I recently saw a local play about gay marriage in the US. This, coupled with Ireland passing gay marriage, Spain passing gay marriage, and Indiana passing legislation legalizing gay and lesbian discrimination reminds me that gay and lesbian individuals and couples continue to face interpersonal, societal,…

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Gay Bullying

Kids Who Later Identify As Gay More Frequently Bullied.  Gay bullying is also prevalent throughout life. HealthDay News — Bullying starts as early as elementary and middle school, and occurs more frequently for students who later identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, a new study suggests. The effects of bullying…

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Gender on the Spectrum

Gender on the Spectrum Gender falls on a spectrum from being completely comfortable with your natal gender, to wanting to transition to the opposite gender, to somewhere in between. But being transgender is not a sexuality issue, and it may not even be a sexual preference issue; it’s really more…

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Biological nature of gender identity

Literature review shows a biological nature of gender identity. Gender identity is a fundamental human attribute that has a profound impact on personal well-being. Transgender individuals are those whose lived and identified gender identity differs from their natal sex. Various etiologies for transgender identity have been proposed, but misconceptions that…

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LGBT Breast Cancer Survivors

To LGBT Breast Cancer Survivors: I co-led a lesbian cancer support group and understand many of the issues associated with breast cancer, other forms of cancer, and LGBT issues with medical care.  If you and/or your partner need to talk about cancer, please call.  I also recommend accessing the following…

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LGBT Discrimination

LGBT Discrimination is still prervasive. If you suffer from emotional issues related to LGBT discrimination, please call for help. From The Williams Institute March 2, 2015 Study documents pervasive discrimination by law enforcement in LGBT community A new report released by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law documents…

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Same-Sex Marriage & Mental Health

Same-Sex Marriage & Mental Health Why Same-Sex Marriage is Also a Mental Health Issue From Psychiatry Advisor Robert M. Kertzner, MD February 18, 2015 With the impending U.S. Supreme Court review of same-sex marriage this year, mental health arguments will figure prominently into at least some of the justices’ thoughts.…

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