1 www.stopstigma.samhsa.gov Reducing Stigma and Discrimination among People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) often have trouble being accepted into communities. They experience prejudice and discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT individuals who have a mental illness must cope with additional challenges that accompany their illnesses. This ongoing struggle can leave LGBT individuals and their families with feelings of low self-esteem, isolation, and hopelessness.
SAMHSA’s ADS Center conducted a training teleconference in March 2007 titled, “Reducing Stigma and Discrimination among People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT).” The teleconference explored data on LGBT individuals and mental health, highlighted the personal story of a gay woman who has a mental illness, and explored ideas about how to better include and accept LGBT individuals in community life. (ADS Center)
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