Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, or Trans-sexual

Society, school, church, and the workplace can often be oppressive and harsh environments for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) people. GLBT people have all the same struggles and concerns that heterosexual people have, however, problems are often compounded and intensified by the unique challenges of having a sexual orientation or gender identity different than the majority.

When the pressures and difficulties of life become too complex to handle alone, it’s time to talk to someone. Good therapy and a helpful counselor can help increase self-acceptance, foster healthy development and strengthen relationships with families and friends. However, for GLBT people, finding a therapist who is informed, sensitive and accepting can feel like a daunting and fearful task.

You Are Not Alone

For Families and Friends

PFLAG is a non-profit organization that promotes the health and well-being of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender persons through support, advocacy and education.

And Always Remember…

Run, don’t walk, away from the therapist who offers to “heal” or “repair” your sexual orientation or gender identity. These practitioners are at best unethical and at worst, quite damaging.  Reparative or Conversion Therapies have been repeatedly rejected and discredited because they simply don’t work.

“Homosexuality is not an illness. It does not require treatment and is not changeable” (The American Psychological Association).

Common Definitions

  • Gay: Specifically a man whose sexual, emotional and affectional attraction is toward men. Generally, any homosexual person.
  • Lesbian: A woman whose sexual, emotional and affectional attraction is toward women.
  • Bisexual: Sexual, emotional and affectional attraction to both men and women.
  • Transgender: Individuals whose gender expression and/or gender identity differs from conventional expectations based on the physical sex they were born into.
  • Questioning: Individuals who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Sexual Orientation:  Enduring emotional, romantic, sexual or affectional attraction to another person, ranging along a continuum from exclusive homosexuality to exclusive heterosexuality. Most scientists agree sexual orientation is the result of a complex interaction of biological, genetic and hormonal factors.
  • Gender Identity:  The inner sense of being male or female – which is sometimes in conflict with one’s biological gender.

Some Statistics

  • 50% of all Gay and Lesbian youth report that their parents reject them because of their sexual orientation.
  • 26% of Gay and Lesbian youth are forced to leave home.
  • Approximately 40% of homeless youth are identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
  • Gay students hear anti-gay slurs as often as 26 times each day. Faculty intervene in only about 3% of these cases.
  • Over 39% of all Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual youth report being punched, kicked or injured with a weapon at school because of their sexual orientation.
  • Gays and Lesbians are at least 7 times more likely to be crime victims than heterosexual people.
  • Gay and Lesbian youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.

GLBT Friendly Counselors

  • Amery Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health
    (715) 268-0060
  • Peace Tree Counseling
    (715) 755-2233
  • Sharon Ward, MA, LP, Licensed Psychologist (office in Taylors Falls, MN)
    (952) 491-4490
  • St. Croix Regional Medical Center-Behavioral Health
    (715) 483-0243