LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE (LGBTI)

 

Having a different sexual or gender identity can affect development of social relationships and impact on participation in normal life roles.[1]

 

The LGBTI person may experience:

  • homo – bi – trans phobia
  • physical and verbal abuse and discrimination
  • no opportunity to find and express their sexual or gender identity
  • loss/lack of support from family and friends
  • lack of respect and a sense of being valued by others
  • struggles with spirituality and religion
  • workplace discrimination or career issues
  • problems with legal rights
  • sometimes dual stigmas of mental illness and sexual difference
  • other elements of his/her life or lifestyle that may impact on his/her situation, such as being ethnic, having a disability, living in a rural environment

 

The effects of these experiences may create social exclusion, a key social risk factor for mental health and well-being problems in LGBTI people.

 

 

[1] Queensland Association of Healthy Communities. (2009). Fact sheet 1: Mental health and well being in lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT) communities. Retrieved from http://qahc.org.au/files/shared/Mental_Health_LGBT_factsheet-w.pdf  

 

 

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[1] Queensland Association of Healthy Communities. (2009). Fact sheet 1: Mental health and well being in lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT) communities. Retrieved from http://qahc.org.au/files/shared/Mental_Health_LGBT_factsheet-w.pdf  

 

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