Experiences of discrimination have a large and consistent impact on stress and mental health.
LGBTIQ+ people reported high levels of stress and depressive symptoms during the pandemic, especially younger and transgender or gender diverse people.
The "Queerantine Study" by University College London (UCL) and Sussex University, August 2020, revealed:
69% of respondents suffered depressive symptoms, rising to 90% of those who had experienced homophobia or transphobia
Sixth of respondents had faced discrimination during the pandemic because of their sexuality, a third amongst those reported living in homes where they were not open about their identity
10% of people reported they felt unsafe in their homes
LGBTIQ+ people are more likely to develop problems like:
Low self-esteem depression
Anxiety, including social anxiety eating problems
Misusing drugs and alcohol self-harm
Emerging and existing mental health issues are most likely exacerbated by:
Biphobia and transphobia stigma and discrimination
Difficult experiences of coming out social isolation, exclusion and rejection
Social isolation, exclusion and rejection
Embracing your LGBTIQ+ identity can also have a positive impact:
Improved relationships with your friends and family a sense of community and belonging
The freedom of self-expression and self-acceptance increased resilience
'LGBTIQ+' is an umbrella term, but we know that LGBTIQ+ people do not exist as one group. Our identities are a complicated mix of factors including:
Gender identity and gender expression sexuality
And many other characteristics
There are educational resources available to help you understand mental health in LGBTIQ+ people
Not a Phase: Support Trans Lives - Not a phase.org supports and champions the trans+ community via education and financial and material investment. Find out more about their work.
The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing up Gay in a Straight Man's World - Book overview: Today's gay man enjoys unprecedented, hard-won social acceptance. Despite this victory, however, serious problems still exist. Substance abuse, depression, suicide, and sex addiction among gay men are at an all-time high, causing many to ask, "Are we really better off?"
Straight Jacket: Overcoming Society's Legacy of Gay Shame - Book overview: Written by Matthew Todd, editor of Attitude, the UK's best- selling gay magazine, Straight Jacket is a revolutionary clarion call for gay men, the wider LGBT community, their friends and family. Part memoir, part ground- breaking polemic, it looks beneath the shiny facade of contemporary gay culture and asks if gay people are as happy as they could be - and if not, why not?
Documentaries on the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people