Lived Experiences of LGBTQ People: What Helps and What Hurts


Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

BISAC: SOC064000

Lived Experiences of LGBTQ People: What Helps and What Hurts provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges encountered by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning individuals in accessing services and obtaining education, employment, and housing. Family and community bias against this population results in significant negative outcomes including increased mental health problems, homelessness, and social isolation. In addition, societal stigma and discrimination lead to poor physical health, increased smoking, alcohol and substance use, and economic disparities. Helping professionals must better understand the negative effects of discrimination and barriers to care the LGBTQ community faces to provide affirming and competent services and improve their quality of life. This book can be used by social workers, psychologists, health professionals and instructors to help them understand the relevant issues to provide nondiscriminatory and culturally sensitive care to LGBTQ and gender nonconforming individuals.

This book summarizes the issues faced by this population to educate the reader on the history and effect of LGBTQ oppression, as well as victories that have led to current policies. Policies including the Affordable Care Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Civil Rights Act and Title VII are examined for their impact on the LGBTQ individual. Discrimination policies regarding employment, schools, housing, HIV, and the military will be covered as well. The book includes chapters with a focus on social and family issues, physical health disparities, mental health concerns, substance use, economic and workplace challenges, and societal and legal issues that impact the LGBTQ community. A chapter on practical solutions and programmatic interventions for providing affirming and inclusive services will be instructive as to how to present a safe and welcoming space to clients.

This book offers information for service providers and instructors to adapt clinical interventions to help build relationships, make assessments, and deliver services that celebrate, rather than discriminate against LGBTQ clients. There is a theme of inclusion throughout the book so there can be no doubt that the service provider does not have to identify as part of the LGBTQ community to effectively work with this cohort. There are numerous case studies throughout the book, examples of how to use inclusive language in clinical interviews, a comprehensive glossary of terms, and useful websites.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Overview of LGBTQ Lived Experiences

Chapter 2. Social and Family Concerns

Chapter 3. Physical Health Disparities

Chapter 4. Mental Health and Substance Use

Chapter 5. Economic Challenges and the Workplace

Chapter 6. Societal and Legal Issues

Chapter 7. Practical Solutions and Programs for Providing an Inclusive Environment and Affirming Care

Reference Page

Glossary of Terms

Useful Websites

About the Author


Additional information



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