Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and gender variant individuals are confronted by a wide range of issues, some that might be specific to queer culture and others that are more general.
Various mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges may be stimulated or worsened by the impact of oppression. This can be seen in the case of depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, body shame, addiction, PTSD, self-hate and self-blame. It is important to note that despite these hardships, the lives of LGBTQQI individuals and communities are infused with resilience, liveliness, and beauty.
I have over ten years experience working with LGBTQQI communities through activism, education, counseling and program development. I hope to support and empower LGBTQQI individuals in their efforts toward health and well-being.
I have experience with a broad range of issues including:
- Homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, gender oppression
- Coming out issues
- Relationships and communication
- Fluid gender and sexual identities
- Gender variance/non-conformity
- Intersecting oppressions
- Body image
- Bisexual politics
- Queer shame and internalized oppression
- Family issues
- Polyamory and other non-traditional relationship models
- Queer bashing and other hate crimes
- AIDS related issues
- Life transition