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Is your Mental Health at risk if you're a part of the LGBT+ Community? Isliedh Herbert

Is your mental health more at risk if you’re part of the LGBT+ community?

One’s mental health is unfortunately at a higher risk of being negatively affected if they are part of the LGBT+ community. There is so many assumptions and negatively comments being made about and to us. If we struggle to express ourselves or if we are constantly in a non-welcoming environment, that is when things will go south for our mental health. We all want to be accepted. I think it is so important to know we are loved and our preferences are perfectly normal and do not make you any less of a person. If you ever feel down about yourself, remember there are people that are willing to help you.

I am pansexual and I have been bullied because of that. The truth is, not many people even know what pansexual is. Pansexuality is a romantic or emotional attraction toward people regardless of their sex or gender identity. I believe that love is love and no one should feel targeted for loving someone of the same gender, or someone who is non-binary. When someone decides to bully you because of your sexual preference, they usually are not educated or have been brought up knowing that the LGBT+ community is not something that should be accepted (it should). You can take it upon yourself to educate them or you can simply say to yourself and them, “you’re opinion doesn’t make me think less of myself.”

Stereotyping of people in the LGBT+ community seems to very popular. The gays being the hypersensitive boys that are uber mainstream and a magnet for girls that “need” a gay best friend. The lesbians being “too manly” and they all apparently have short hair and are super buff. It is ridiculous. Being part of the LGBT+ community entails so much more than just acting like the opposite gender. I feel as though the stereotyping makes majority of us more hesitant to come out of the closet. I also feel as if the stereotyping almost makes some act in a certain way once they are out the closet since they find it difficult to act themselves. Stereotyping is seriously emotionally damaging.

Are people in the closet more at risk of having depression or other mental health problems? I do think so, since they cannot express themselves to their fullest and have to act a certain way around their family and friends, who are people that everyone should feel comfortable around. It is truly heartbreaking when I hear of someone who can not come out to their parents because of their parents beliefs because your family is normally your biggest support system. Your limitations are increased when you can not come out to your parents and family.

Another big thing that negatively affects ones mental health is sex shaming. Theres so many expectations for woman and men. Woman are expected to sleep with almost all men that ask are always have to “put out” . When a woman does sleep with someone she isn’t in a relationship with ,or has a one night stand, or if she’s slept with more than one person she’s automatically classified as a slut. If a woman doesn’t want to do something with a man, she is called a prude. A man has to sleep with almost all woman he comes into contact with in order to be “cool’. It disgusting. Why can’t we all do (with safety and precaution) what we want to and with who we want to?

There is always someone willing to help you when you are in need of help. Do not feel as though you have to hide your true self to people. “Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothes. Labels are not for people” — Martina Navratilova


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