LGBTQIA+

Issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ Community

Do you identify or are you questioning your gender identity and gender expression?  Are you thinking about coming out to your friends and family? This is a very personal process and it is a very intimate and vulnerable time when sharing with others.

Emotional Concerns

It is common to come across people with limited versions of gender identity being either male/female.  When you don’t feel like you fit into one, it can feel very isolating, confusing, and fearful of being different.

Coming Out & Safety Plan

Safety comes first.  Teens have experienced emotional rejection, verbal abuse, being kicked out of the home, physically or sexually assaulted.  You should not be ashamed of who you are and this is where a safety plan in case of a crisis.  Here are some things you should include:

  • Have somewhere safe to go
  • Tell someone
  • Have cash on hand
  • Minimize your time alone

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233

Help

If you are looking for a support group, check out your local PFLAG organization.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

UI University Hospital LGBT Medical Clinic www.uihealthcare.org/lgbt

Other people you can seek help from would be a school nurse, teacher, counselor, trusted adult, parents

What do I say?

“I don’t know what to do…”
“Can we talk?”
“I am struggling with…”

Speak up for yourself, find someone to talk to, know what your needs are, and know how to communicate.

on May 2 • by