LGBTQ is an initialism for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. This is intended to emphasize a diversity of sexuality.
We need to understand that homosexuality is a normal variant of human sexual orientation as opposed to mental disorder (APA)
LGBTQ people continue to face discrimination in their personal and professional life. This experience can lead to many adverse for their financial, physical as well as mental well being.
Due to the stigma and bias, many LGBTQ people report to altering their lives to avoid trauma associated due to unequal treatment.
LGBTQ are more likely to experience discrimination, intolerance, harassment and the threat of violence due to their sexual orientation.
Many young LGBTQ people experience estrangement from friends and family members.
Impact of Discrimination and Exclusion
- Earlier dropout from school / college
- Being ignored and isolated in community.
- Have less option in finding regular jobs.
- Lack of family and social support
- Decide to follow their parents to marry opposite sex and then divorce.
- Migrate to other countries for seeking safer livelihood and acceptance.
Mental health Issues in LGBTQ
- 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide
- 6 times as likely to report depression
- 3 times more likely for high risk of HIV and STDs
- 3 time more likely to use illegal drugs( IJIMS, 2014, Vol. 1)
Dr. Rameez Shaikh (MBBS, MD, MIPS) is a consultant Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist in Nagpur and works at Mind & Mood Clinic. He believes that faith-based treatment, encompassing spiritual, physical, and mental health, will provide you with the long-lasting knowledge and tool to find happiness and wholeness again. In his spare time, he’s an aspiring singer and writer.