Colin Longworth - Psychologist & Counsellor


 Available in Huntingdale-Thornlie, Perth (East) & Cyberspace - Helping you find your own solutions
PLEASE NOTE:  Back to offering in-person (with appropriate Social distancing) & Telehealth consultations

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 

* 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:

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)  

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)

Being prepared for marriage equality and potential “sour losers”  (Nov 9th 2017)

Protecting yourself and your family from marriage-equality hate  (August 2017)

Take Action  (23rd May 2014)  


Books: Coming Out in the Workplace - a collection of resources on the subject   (Handout)

From the Australian Psychological Society:

"12 Steps to take after 'yes' vote" - Click on this link to read for yourself.

"A New LGBTI family"

From the Australian Psychological Society - Downloadable brochures :

Communicating about marriage equality and related issues

Talking with children and young people about marriage equality and related issues

The Australian Psychological Society LGBTI website 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:

It Gets Better - A Message From The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)   

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 for more info about 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.  

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.

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) 

  • 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:

Breaking out II : The complete guide to building a positive LGBTI identity - Kevin Alderson

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

Me - Elton John  

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

A positive view of LGBTQ : embracing identity and cultivating well-being  -  Ellen D.B. Riggle and Sharon S. Rostosky

DVD's* that may be of interest

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Beautiful Thing (1996)

Desert Hearts   (1985) Youtube trailer

Get Real (1998)  Youtube Trailer

The Hidden History of Homosexual Australia (Documentary) (2005)

Ideal Home (2018) Youtube Trailer

The Imitation Game (2014) (Movie trailer)

The Laramie Project (2002) Youtube Trailer 

Longtime Companion (1989) Youtube Trailer

Love Simon (2018)  Youtube Trailer

Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997) Youtube Trailer

Maurice (1987) movie trailer

Milk (2008)  Youtube trailer

Oranges are not the only fruit (1989)

Pride (2014) movie trailer

The Sum of Us (1994) movie trailer

Shelter (2007)  The theme song on Youtube

Stonewall (1995 docu-drama)     Stonewall (2015 docu-drama)

A Very Natural Thing (1974) 

Victim (1961) Youtube Trailer

The Wedding Banquet (1993) Movie Trailer 

Wilde (1997) Youtube trailer


* 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.