All the Colors of The Rainbow
Who doesn’t love a rainbow? For some, it’s a symbol of hope; of renewal after a storm. For others, it’s a thing of beauty and a breathtaking sight to behold. For the LGBTQIA+ community, it’s a symbol of pride and representation.
Who is the LGBTQIA+ Community?
LGBTQIA+ is an acronym representing people with many identities. It encompasses those who are:
- Those people who identify with a sexual orientation not included in the above
If you or someone you love does not identify as a cisgender person, there is room for you in the LGBTQIA+ community.
While there has been societal progress in creating equality for the beloved ones who form the LGBTQIA+ community, there is still a great deal of progress to be made. Members of the community face many challenges unseen by those who live heteronormative lives, creating the need for a safe, loving place in which individuals can explore their identity, work through past trauma or fear, and find therapeutic refuge.
Folx who identify in any way with the LGBTQIA+ community face a myriad of mental health challenges those identifying as cisgender do not. These challenges include:
- Being more likely to experience poverty
- Being twice as likely to face mental health challenges
- Increased Suicide Risk (Suicide is the leading cause of death in children/adolescents aged 10-24)
- Employment discrimination
- Lack of legal protection from discrimination
- Healthcare discrimination
- Violence and hate crimes
(Source: National Sexual Violence Resource Center, NSVRC )
Yet, despite the unbearably high percentages of LGBTQIA+ people who are suffering, there is hope in facing these unique challenges..
Succor for the Vulnerable
In addition to crisis hotline numbers, there are local mental health practitioners available who will provide thoughtful, compassionate care. For those in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn, NY, such a place can be found at Meisel NP Psychiatry. Jason Meisel provides compassionate, individualized therapeutic care for the vulnerable folx of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Jason provides care that embraces a variety of modalities, including prescription medication, ketamine treatment, individual and family therapy, and group counseling sessions. Care is rooted in kindness and respect, in a safe environment.
Jason seeks to understand each patient as a unique individual, with a unique set of challenges, and provides compassionate and effective care that leads to healing and hope.
There is help for LGBTQIA+ folx who are suffering. In a resplendent use of imagery, the rainbow has come to symbolize the LGBTQIA+ community in all its richness, its beauty capturing the brilliance and diversity of a group of people both vulnerable and strong.
There are many means of healing. If you are, or think you may be a person whose identity lies within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum of being, there is hope for you to discover and embrace your true self and live a brilliant life.
“Fact Sheet on Injustice in the LGBTQ Community.” National Sexual Violence Resource Center, www.nsvrc.org/blogs/fact-sheet-injustice-lgbtq-community.
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Disclaimer: The information contained here was not written by a medical doctor and is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for medical advice.