To be clear, homosexuality is not considered a form of mental illness by mainstream psychiatry and psychology, but it doesn’t mean that people who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and intersexual don’t have mental health concerns.

Most research authors agree that compared to the heterosexual population, gays and lesbians have a higher prevalence of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, drug and alcohol dependence, self-injury, OCD and PTSD. They also have higher rates of experiencing violence, including hate crimes and domestic abuse (Dean 2000, King 2008).

The apparent reason behind these comparatively higher rates of LGBT mental health problems is the stigma and discrimination LGBT people face day in and day out. Just as for anyone else, higher levels of stress increases the risk for developing mental health problems.

In our LGBT information center, we delve into these mental health issues. We also discuss other areas of interest to the LGBT population including coming out gay, what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and how to deal with gay discrimination and stigma.

We also have comprehensive information on LGBT support and support organizations. If you’re looking for an online GLBT support group, we hope you’ll join the GLBT Support Forum. Many times, connecting with others who have faced similar problems can be a great help as well as a source of comfort.

Mum Launches Support Group To Let Parents Of Transgender Kids Know They’re Not Alone.

mum has set up a group to unite parents of transgender children, after being shocked by a backlash of negativity following some high profile news stories.

Transgender Health Insurance Guides.

Read Out2Enroll‘s new state-specific Transgender Health Insurance Guides and #GetCovered by the December 15 deadline!

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National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network.

The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization that works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color. Launched in May 2016, our network has quickly grown into a community of care, resource sharing, connection and learning. We provide a space for queer and trans people of color committed to improving mental health for our communities. Read more at

Pride Counseling

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Professional online counseling for the LGBTQ community

Get matched to a licensed therapist. Communicate via phone, video, and messaging.

Why Pride Counseling?

Whether you are struggling with mental health issues, your identity, or just need someone to talk to, we believe help should be accessible to everyone. We noticed that individuals in the LGBTQ community suffer from mental health issues at a disproportionately high rate and we wanted to help. By providing online counseling to the LGBTQ community, we make help accessible and accepting of everyone. We provide a platform for people to get the help they need discreetly, affordably, and conveniently. Message your counselor whenever an issue arises. Schedule sessions that work with your schedule.

We support equality and acceptance by providing a safe space to every identity.

We provide a platform for people to get the help they need discreetly, affordably, and conveniently.

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Group for cis-identified spouses and intimate partners of transgender people.

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Group for cis-identified spouses and intimate partners of transgender people starting again in Irvine, Orange County, CA.

Details are as follows: Six-week, closed group, one and a half hours per session. Dates are not set yet, but likely offered on Saturday mornings at my office in Irvine, starting by the end of October. Each session is $50 but since the group is closed, I ask for a commitment for the entire series.

In the past I’ve found this group to be so beneficial to the members in creating community, normalizing feelings, and combating isolation. We cover subjects ranging from finances to sexuality to identity, parenting, and anything else that the members would like to bring in. The members have also tended to be leaning towards staying with their partners, albeit with their own struggles, ambivalence and adjustment process.