Year: 2022

How Is Tobacco Used in the LGBT Community?
How Is Tobacco Used in the LGBT Community?

According to recent research, approximately 3.8 percent of the US population is openly LGBT. While more societies publicly accept LGBT people, they continue to confront numerous challenges. The high smoking rate is one of the difficulties they face. According to studies, LGBT people smoke at considerably greater rates than straight adults. They are roughly twice […]

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

Some children and adolescents are aware of their attraction to members of the same gender by early adolescence, but awareness varies by culture and acculturation. Sexual orientation and gender identity are separate aspects of one’s experience; both may be fluid or complex. Some children and adolescents may spend a long time figuring out their sexual […]

Answers to Your Questions About Same-Sex Marriage
Answers to Your Questions About Same-Sex Marriage

Legal recognition of a committed relationship through marriage provides economic, social, and health benefits to gay and lesbian couples. This legal recognition can also benefit gay and lesbian family members, friends of the couple, children who gay or lesbian parents might adopt in the future, and society at large. Are heterosexual and same-sex marriages different? […]

Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth
Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth

Sexual Orientation: How is it Developed? Sexual orientation refers to an individual’s emotional and sexual attraction to other individuals. While this attraction may extend along a continuum, it is most frequently discussed as falling into three categories: heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality. Like many human behaviors, sexual orientation is influenced by various biological and psychosocial factors, […]

Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality
Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality

The American Psychological Association recommends that psychologists help reduce the stigma of mental illness through the education of others about how long-held beliefs and fears about sexual orientation have led to prejudice and discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual people. What is sexual orientation? Sexual orientation is the personal sense of identity and attraction that […]

Transgender People, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
Transgender People, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression

What is transgender? Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity, expression, or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. The American Psychological Association’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity are undertaking a systematic review of its use along with other terms related […]

Gay and Bipolar Disorder: What to Know
Gay and Bipolar Disorder: What to Know

Gay people are more likely to experience mental health difficulties. These issues may be exacerbated by stigmatization, prejudice, and discrimination. What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is diagnosed when a person experiences periods of extreme mood swings. This disorder can cause sad, hopeless, or irritable moods and grandiose behavior in people who are manic—they may […]

LGBTQIA+ Affirmation and Safety: ‘Belonging, like Air, is a Fundamental Human Need.’
LGBTQIA+ Affirmation and Safety: ‘Belonging, like Air, is a Fundamental Human Need.’

For LGBTQIA+ People of Color, feeling safe in their own skin is an ongoing struggle. Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond explains why… In March 2021, The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention for LGBTQIA+ youth, published a report estimating that suicide attempts among U.S. LGBTQIA+ youth are one every 45 seconds. The report cited discrimination, […]