August 14, 2022

Spinning out of the Going There with Dr. Mike podcast introduced by Consequence and Sound Thoughts Reside, the month-to-month “Ask Dr. Mike” column is right here to reply listeners’ questions. As we wrap up Satisfaction Month, Dr. Mike is right here to information us via the psychological well being results of anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination.

Over the past month of Satisfaction, members of the queer neighborhood and allies alike have celebrated how fantastic and life-affirming it may be when folks can freely discover, embrace, and categorical their genuine sexuality and gender id. Having the ability to dwell brazenly as an LGBTQ+ individual can radically bolster a person’s sense of psychological well being and well-being. The spirit of Satisfaction is to construct a world wherein everybody can dwell in a free and open method to embrace who they’re and love who they need.

In a perfect world, we all know our gender and sexuality from an early age and we’ve supportive household, mates, colleges, and companies that make us really feel protected and supported. Sadly, many individuals battle to grasp and embrace their genuine gender id and sexuality, and sometimes face discrimination all through their lives.

Members of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood are at vital threat for going through mistreatment in lots of kinds – from seemingly benign jokes to bodily assault, in addition to denial of equal rights beneath the legislation. Queer folks can face criticism, rejection, and numerous types of abuse from their very own households, whereas additionally coping with discrimination in public life just like the office or politics. The Supreme Courtroom’s current ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Ladies’s Well being Group has raised the specter of lowered equality beneath the legislation for LGBTQ+ people, together with the attainable lack of marriage equality.

The emotional, bodily, social, and monetary stress of those sorts of anti-LGBTQ+ bias and discrimination will be extremely damaging to the psychological well being and well-being of members of the queer neighborhood. In reality, analysis has proven that such bigotry predicts elevated melancholy, anxiousness, and substance abuse within the queer neighborhood. It’s thus vital that we not solely work on decreasing anti-LGBTQ+ behaviors and beliefs, but in addition assist queer folks deal with this discrimination to attenuate the possibly damaging psychological well being results.

This month on the Going There with Dr. Mike Podcast, we spoke with the musicians SOAK, MUNA, and The Aces in regards to the distinctive stressors that members of the queer neighborhood face. Along with sharing their very own experiences, every artist shared their very own tales about coping with the damaging psychological well being results they confronted. Primarily based on these discussions, listed below are 4 attainable methods and ideas that may assist handle the adverse psychological well being results of anti-LGBTQ+ bias and discrimination:

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