Over the month of June, the world’s LGBTIQ+ communities come together to celebrate Pride month, a time where people celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Pride celebrations originate from the long battles of minority groups around the world, who have overcome discrimination and to be accepted for who they are.
LGBTIQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, or questioning. This term however does not define everyone’s gender or sexuality, there are many other terms.
Growing up within the LGBTIQ+ community, many people often experience discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, social isolation, rejection, and difficult experiences of coming out. Due to this mental health issues are extremely common within the LGBTIQ+ community.
Supporting the LGBTIQ+ community
Anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, can support the LGBTIQ+ community. Understanding LGBTIQ+ related topics, including fundamental vocabulary and concepts, can assist you in providing support to LGBTIQ+ identified persons. Ways to support this community:
- Stay informed
- Support equally
- Speak up
- Be honest
Anyone regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity, are of equal value and deserve to be treated the same. It is important for you to be an effective and powerful voice for the LGBTIQ+ community, making people feel comfortable about coming out, but also helping others understand the importance of equality and fairness.
LGBTIQ+ advice and support services
There are many organisations around the world that can support anyone from the LGBTIQ+ community who is seeking advice or support on their situation. Some of these include: