Why might a Gay man or Lesbian see a Psychologist?
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
Apart from the “usual” things people go to see a counsellor or psychologist about…
Articles by me published in OutInPerth:
Reaching out and sharing stories under the cloud of ‘religious freedom’ (25th October 2015)
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)
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)
Take Action (23rd May 2014)
From the Australian Psychological Society:
From the Australian Psychological Society - Downloadable brochures :
The Australian Psychological Society LGBTI website page - may also be of interest
SEE ALSO FROM ACON: STAYING STRONG DURING THE MARRIAGE EQUALITY DEBATE
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:
Coming out: Tips for parents and families of gay kids - by Kristen Russo (Archer Magazine)
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.
See also an article from DNA magazine, where the author talks about why he wrote the book
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.
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:
- Another Closet - LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence.
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.
The Beyond Blue website for the Gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) population;
Coming Out Australia
- 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.
- 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.
- Living Proud (previously known as Gay & Lesbian Community Services of WA)
- 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."
- 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:
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)
Stonewall (1995 docu-drama)
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.