09 Jul Issues with LQBTQIA++ health
Issues with LQBTQIA++ health
What’s the problem?
There must be comprehensive and long-term remedies for the mental diseases and difficulties that LGBTQIA++ persons in India experience.
LGBTQIA++: Who are they?
- The letters “L,” “G,” and “B” stand for sexual orientation, or the people to whom one is attracted, most frequently lesbian or homosexual people.
- Both men and women find bisexuals attractive.
- Anyone who identifies as a sex other than that with which they were born is considered transgender.
- The letter Q stands for queer and questioning.
- Queer is frequently used to identify oneself as a part of the LGBTQIA++ community, whereas Questioning is a name one may use to communicate they are investigating their identity and may not want to call themselves.
- The “I” refers to intersex, a condition in which a person has reproductive or sexual anatomy at birth that doesn’t appear to conform to the stereotypical categories of female or male.
- Asexual people, or those who lack sexual desire, are referred to as “A.”
- ++ denotes inclusiveness and openness.
Why do LGBTQIA++ populations continue to be at risk for chronic mental illnesses and difficulties?
- The Raahat Project, which has been focusing on using participatory approaches, has brought to light a number of difficulties that LGBTQIA++ populations regularly deal with in prestigious colleges.
- mental disease causes
- permanent discord
- ingrained stigma
- Discrimination Abuse
- pressure to embrace sexual orientation and gender norms
- Stigmatizing Internalized Homophobia’s effects
- loneliness and worry
- Use of drugs
- severe discomfort and low self-esteem
- pain and self-loathing
- Male transphobia
What health issues are there?
- Services for affirmative mental health are rare.
- In India, the vast majority of psychiatrists still treat various sexual orientations and gender identities as disorders and employ “correctional therapy.”
- The same holds true for general medical care.
- Because of the abuse and stigma, public health care is not as popular.
How can LGBTQIA++ communities maintain their mental well-being?
- Multistakeholder approach: There is a need for comprehensive, long-term solutions that involve all parties involved, including families, communities, educational institutions, health care providers, and mental health experts. Families are also frequently a major cause of mental health stress.
- Building self-care skills is a crucial component for queer adolescents and young people.
- Movement for LGBTQ Mental Health: In order to alter societal perceptions, there has to be a movement for LGBTQ Mental Health that is non-discriminatory and public-aware.
- Community building – Improving the mental health of LGBTQIA++ individuals requires a strong sense of community.
- Create supportive, safe, and educational environments, as well as locations where people can get access to health care and information on mental health.