In a society that often imposes rigid norms and expectations, navigating your identity can be a complex and challenging journey. This is particularly true for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual or questioning (LGBTQIA+).
Loneliness in gay men has become an epidemic within the male gay community. Gay men who aren’t in an intimate relationship often describe feeling a deep and profound sense of loneliness. This emotional pain can be a problem as it can lead to serious mental health issues. Knowing how and why loneliness happens in gay men is essential to understanding what you can do about it.
Gay conversion therapy is a controversial practice that has been around since the 19th century. It can bring a lot of harm physically, psychologically, and emotionally to the people subjected to it. Members of the LGBTQI+ community are healthy and valid individuals with normal gender identities and sexual orientations. No one shouldn’t be forced to undergo a conversion away from their best and most authentic self.
It’s easy to answer the question “how do you come out?” when you’re already out, and you’ve trekked that path. However, there’s no one way to do it. There’s not a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Everyone’s journey is different, and as such, the steps taken can vary widely. There are things you can do to make the process easier for yourself and less daunting.
A gay therapist is not necessarily a therapist who is gay, but rather a therapist who is informed and affirmative about gay issues, experiences, and identities. A gay therapist is not someone that you only speak to about gay topics, either. Your gay therapist should be a professional whom you can speak to about all problems you encounter, emphasising being able to help you address and positively handle gay issues.
What are gay relationship goals? Relationship goals can help you create a healthy gay relationship. They assist you in improving how you both give and receive love in your relationship. Why do I want goals in my relationship? Everyone wants to receive love in a way that makes them happy. Inversely, you also want to give love in a way that makes your partner happy.
Many people are understandably concerned about coronavirus. The impact on the health of our communities is unprecedented and extraordinary. And with the rapid changes we’re all encountering daily, it’s hard to stay up-to-date with the evolving developments. If you’re considering counselling with me, or you’re already a current client of mine, I want to let you know about the precautions I’m taking to ensure your good health while we work together.
A study of adult LGBT+ people in the UK looked at their life experiences during school life and in the workplace, and found that a supportive family environment makes LGBT+ children less likely to be bullied. The study found that family support significantly reduces the likelihood that children will be bullied at school. However, the results for bullying in the workplace were less effective.
Recently, Australia’s Coalition politicians successfully won support for a delay on voting on the bill that might grant religious schools the ability to discriminate against LGBTQIA students. This has caused outrage among the Labor party’s politicians, who say that Coalition stated themselves to be in favour of discrimination protections.
I recently spoke with Melanie Tait on the ABC Radio Nightlife program about open relationships. This was a fascinating discussion with some interesting callers on the talkback sharing their experiences. Although gay men do tend to be more adept at negotiating and managing open relationships when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, many gay couples still end up in my office because of issues caused by opening the relationship.