Colin Longworth - Psychologist & Counsellor
Why might a Gay man or Lesbian see a Psychologist? (Either in-person or via Telehealth)
Some reasons 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
* Want to feel better about being Gay or Lesbian
Apart from the “usual” things people go to see a counsellor or psychologist about…
Articles by me published in OutInPerth and elsewhere:
More than half a century after Stonewall the fight continues (28th June 2020)
LGBTIQ+ people’s mental health worse now than during postal survey (14th November 2019)
Reaching out and sharing stories under the cloud of ‘religious freedom’ (25th October 2019)
How do we protect ourselves from the culture wars? (8th September 2019)
A mental health survival guide for the religious freedom debate (28th June 2019)
What you as an LGBTI person can do to improve your mental health (21st February 2019)
[Linkedin Book Review] Gay & Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer: From diagnosis to recovery. (Ussher, Perz & Rosser Eds.) A new book on a subject not often discussed. ( December 15, 2018 )
One year on from the plebiscite we didn’t need (10th November 2018)
Stonewall and Mardi Gras: Are they still relevant? (26th June 2018)
Conversion Therapy: It’s all about politics, not science (17th May 2018)
Maintaining the rage against political and religious conservatives. (9th January 2018)
Top tips for getting the most out of Mardi Gras (2nd March 2017)
Take Action (23rd May 2014)
Books: Coming Out in the Workplace - a collection of resources on the subject (a Handout that might be of interest,)
(An amended University assignment from some years ago, that may be of interest.)
From the Australian Psychological Society (APS):
(A story about a Gay man moving from the country to the city and is assisted by a psychologist - part of the APS "Stories of change" series)
The Australian Psychological Society LGBTI page may also be of interest
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
LGBTI Inspirational stories and links:
An inspirational Youtube Video - "Stand Up! - Don't Stand for Homophobic Bullying"
From "BeLongto" the Irish support group for young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.
Websites that may be particularly relevant include:
- Another Closet - LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence.
The Beyond Blue website for the Gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) population;
- 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
- Perth Rainbow Toastmasters - Perth Rainbow Toastmaster Club is specifically for members, friends, family and supporters of the LGBTQIA+ community.
- Pride WA - Celebrating Diverse Sexualities
- Prime Timers WA - Is a social networking organisation, established in 2003 for mature gay and bisexual men.
- 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:
Christianity, social tolerance, and homosexuality - John Boswell
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)
A Very Natural Thing (1974)
* 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.