June is Pride month. Do you have LGBTQ Stress?

It is also the month that the Supreme Court ruled on the Masterpiece Cake decision. Some LGBTQ individuals feel threatened by this ruling. Some worry that our right to marry will be taken away. Some people in the LGBTQ community have little concern about their security. If you have concerns about being accepted, about coming out, or about being treated with respect, please seek LGBTQ competent providers. I have worked with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community since 2004, helping people manage emotions and relationships. I am also a member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

The GLMA noted that “Policy Protecting the LGBT Community is Good Health Policy. On May 22, 2018, TheHill.com, published an op-ed written by Arthur Evans, Jr, PhD, CEO of the American Psychological Association, that asserts public policy protecting the LGBT community makes for good health policy. Evidence-based research shows that LGBT people exhibit higher rates of physical and mental health problems due to unique, consistent stressors. According to the op-ed, the Administration refuses to acknowledge documented health disparities, creating a legal and social environment that is both stigmatizing and stressful for sexual and gender minority Americans, thus leading to poorer mental and physical health outcomes. Evans calls for the implementation of policies and laws to protect LGBT people in order to foster a supportive and destigmatized climate, and improve health outcomes within this community (June 7, 2018).”

If you’re in need of emotional support, you’re not alone. Let’s arrange a time to meet.