Colin Longworth - Psychologist & Counsellor

 

Your local Psychologist - In Huntingdale-Thornlie, Kenwick, Perth (East) & Cyberspace   It's good to talk


You might find this of interest - The ANZ "#HoldTight" Campaign about how ANZ is expressing support for the LGBTIQ community with it's “Hold Tight”, a campaign celebrating the power of holding hands.


Watch the add here on YouTube 


See ANZ staff talk about the #HoldTight campaign 




My article about " Top tips for getting the most out of Mardi Gras" in OutinPerth


Gay and Lesbian issues could include:

       

  • Depression or Anxiety (often, though not always, a result of “less than equal” treatment) 


  • Wanting to develop a Gay/Lesbian support network away from “the scene”?  


  • Wanting to explore questions about "How will I meet Mr/Ms Right?"

 

  • Dealing with issues about discrimination or less than equal treatment 


  • Feeling the need to hide who you really are in the workplace or other settings


  • Wanting to reduce internalized Homophobia or heterosexism 


  • Feeling guilty about being Lesbian or Gay or that it's "wrong"  


  • Concerns about responses of family, friends, or your church to “coming out”  

     

  • Conflicts between cultural or religious beliefs and homosexuality     

   

  • More general fears about “coming out”   

    

  • Social isolation from other Lesbians and Gay men

        

  • Alcohol or other drug addiction        


Apart from the “usual” things people go to see a counsellor or psychologist about…




LGBTI Inspirational stories and links:


Coming out: Tips for parents and families of gay kids - by Kristen Russo (Archer Magazine) 

Also potentially of interest an LGBTI Parent Bibliography



Australian Dad's read "I think I'm a Poof" - A book for primary school aged children

                     See http://www.ithinkimapoof.com/pages/about-the-author for more info about the book.


Apple CEO Comes out as Gay - In the pages of Bloomberg Businessweek


An inspirational Youtube Video - "Stand Up! - Don't Stand for Homophobic Bullying" 

Also worth looking at on Youtube "Coming Out" &  "Coming Out to Each Other"


From "BeLongto" the Irish support group for young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.  



An interesting Quiz via The Advocate: QUIZ: Are You Afraid of Gay PDA?



The Best LGBT Books of all Time- Various writers list and explain why particular books would be on their list of favourite LGBT books.




Websites that may be particularly relevant include:



Most LGBTIQ relationships are based on love and respect. Some are based on abuse and control. This website is written for people in LGBTIQ relationships who are, or may be, experiencing domestic and family violence.


  • Australian Marriage Equality - " Australian Marriage Equality is a national organisation working for equal marriage for all consenting adults, as we a believe person’s gender or sexuality should not affect their legal rights and responsibilities under Australian marriage law."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Lesbians on the Loose Magazine - Their mission:  To maintain and build upon 25 years of successful publishing and continue to offer fresh and diverse content for lesbian and bisexual women through quality journalism and community involvement.


  • Out & Online - "Out & Online is an online program to improve wellbeing and reduce mental health symptoms in same-gender attracted youth aged 18-25 years. Out & Online provides early intervention for symptoms of anxiety and depression based on scientifically tested psychological treatment."



  • The Beyond Blue website for the Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) population;




  • Stop Think Respect campaign - "Imagine being made to feel like crap just for being left handed."






  • Freedom Centre - For young people (under 26) to support each other and their communities to be informed, happy and healthy about their sexuality, sex and gender.





  • Living Proud (previously known as Gay & Lesbian Community Services of WA)




  • OutinPerth - Gay and Lesbian Perth WA News and information


  • Pride WA - Celebrating Diverse Sexualities



  • Q-life - The Nationally oriented counselling and referral service for people of diverse sex, genders and sexualities




Books, biography's, and autobiography's that may be useful include:


Family Outing - by Chastity Bono



Christianity, social tolerance, and homosexuality  - John Boswell



Bulletproof faith: a spiritual survival guide for gay and lesbian Christians - Candace Chellew-Hodge



The velvet rage : overcoming the pain of growing up gay in a straight man's world  - Alan Downs



Loving ourselves : the gay and lesbian guide to self-esteem - Kimeron N. Hardin



A Private Life: Fragments, Memories, Friends - Michael Kirby



Breaking the surface - Greg Louganis



Me - Ricky Martin



Twists and Turns - Matthew Mitcham, with Larry Writer



When the drama club is not enough : lessons from the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students - Jeff Perrotti



Empowering the tribe : a positive guide to gay and lesbian self-esteem - Richard Pimental-Habib



DVD's* that may be of interest



Brokeback Mountain (2005)



Beautiful Thing (1996)



Get Real (1998)  Youtube Trailer



Oranges are not the only fruit (1989)



Shelter (2007)     The theme song on Youtube



Stonewall (1995 docu-drama)

                  

* Links are to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).

                                                            


The Stonewall Inn - Greenwich Village, New York


Site of the June 28, 1969 Stonewall Riots often described as the start of the modern

 Gay and Lesbian rights movement.



"Our gayness is not something like skin colour, or sex, or infirmity, apparent to both us and others.  We have to discover our homosexuality, and having discovered it, we have a wide range of options, hardly available to others who are stigmatized, as to how we should reveal our stigma."


Dennis  Altman (1971) Homosexual Oppression and Liberation. New York, NY: Avon Books.



Articles I've written for Out In Perth (www.outinperth.com )


Top tips for getting the most out of Mardi Gras  

[March 2017]


Take Action [a May 2014 article about responding to LGBTI violence]


20 Books That Changed The Way I Thought About My Gay Life

[February 2015]