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Stigma & Discrimination

Gay and bi men and trans people may face stigma and discrimination at home, online, on the streets, in religious settings, and at work. There are laws, company policies, and religious and cultural institutions that support discrimination either directly or by omission.

Discrimination against GBTQ people has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Unfortunately, our community sometimes stigmatizes each other due to race, class, age, femininity, body size, or HIV status. Stigma and discrimination negatively affect the health and well-being of GBTQ people.

Stigma and discrimination start early. Forty percent of homeless youth are GBTQ, often because of family rejection and failed safety nets. Bullying based on perceived sexual orientation is common in schools. And gay, bisexual and trans youth are significantly over-represented in the juvenile justice system. Start by learning more about stigma and discrimination and find out what you can do to combat it. Volunteering or donating to community organizations are concrete first steps you can take.

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Mental Health Care / Counseling

See our Mental Health page for local resources on suicide, counseling, and group therapy

  • Mental Health

    See our Mental Health page for local resources on suicide, counseling, andgroup therapy.

Stigma / Discrimination in the Media

Find out how GBTQ people are portrayed in the media and what's being done about it


National campaigns to battle stigma

  • The Stigma Project

    Seeks to create an HIV neutral world free of judgment and fearby working with positive and negative individuals from all walks of life, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or background