Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer can be very stressful and challenging. It can also be rewarding, and can lead to a happy and fulfilling life.
Most of my research has been on the experience of gay men, lesbians, and bisexual individuals. My studies have addressed self-esteem, anxiety, depression, coming out, HIV/AIDS, relationships (both familial, and intimate), and gay fathers.
I have a good understanding of the experience of many in the GLBTQ population. That is not to say that I “know” what you are going through. Your story, like your fingerprints, are unique and distinctly your own.
Many issues can arise from being GLBTQ. Societal bias and familial disapproval certainly do not help with issues with self-esteem and worth and the process of come out.
Same-sex relationships can become an issue for many in the GLBTQ population. The advent of same-sex marriage, while truly a step forward for our country, can invite unexpected complications.
While same sex parenting has been around for many years through traditional heterosexual unions, the trend of same-sex couples having children after getting together is certainly increasing. This can be a joyful and stressful time, but complications can arise.
The issues mentioned here are certainly not meant to be the only concerns faced by the GLBTQ population. But if you wish to discuss any of them, or if there are others that you wish to discuss, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at (416) 209-4036.