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Providing Affirmative Services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Orientation Questioning Clients

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People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ+) often face social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges not encountered by people who identify as heterosexual. They also face a greater risk of harassment and violence. As a result of these and other stressors, sexual minorities are at increased risk for various behavioral health issues.[i] Additionally, SAMSHA reports serious mental illness and major depressive episode significantly increased in LGB young adults during 2015-2018.
Sexuality minority individuals are often underserved or subject to inequitable or discriminatory practices in health care settings. They can also be reluctant to disclose their sexual orientation with providers based on previous experiences with heterosexism, judgment, discrimination, alienation or mistrust. For LGBTQ+ individuals, treatment must include a focus on the effects of stigma, homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in order to be beneficial to the patient.

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between sexual behavior and sexual orientation
  • Distinguish the differences between sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity experience 
  • Identify appropriate interventions for a range of special issues facing LGBTQ+ Individuals 
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