“Hope will never be silent.” ― Harvey Milk
Sexual orientation describes patterns of sexual, romantic, and emotional attraction—and one's sense of identity based on those attractions.
Sexual orientation refers to who individuals feel attracted to, while gender identity refers to one’s self-concept of being male, female, or non-binary. Developing a common vocabulary can help foster inclusive and productive discussions about sex and gender.
Just as one’s natural height or hair color, being straight, gay, bisexual or other sexual orientaion is NOT a choice nor the ability to change one’s sexual orientation.
Research shows that people who identify as LGBTQ+ suffer higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance use, and suicidality than their heterosexual peers.
Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and information about symptoms and treatments. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional.
People who identify as LGBTQ+ often find communities comforting. Support groups can allow us to make connections and find support knowing that no one is alone.
In addition, other benefits of participating in support groups include:
Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma associated with LGBTQ+ identity
Getting practical advice or information about life matters
Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
Learning about health, economic or social resources
Benefits of online support groups can include:
Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time
More frequent or flexible participation
A cost-effective way to see a licensed mental health professional
A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups
Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups