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Discussion: Coming Out
Individuals who are coming out, or revealing their sexual and/or gender orientation to others, often feel very alone and isolated in their experiences, especially if they are not connected to a support network that is understanding and knowledgeable about the topic. This also can be true for the family members and close friends of individuals who are coming out, as they often face their own personal reactions to the coming out process as well.
In addition to the support they may receive through counseling during the coming out process, clients may benefit from connecting to local community resources designed to provide informational, emotional, and social support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families. As helping professionals, it is important to be aware of resources that are available within your community so that you can help your clients connect with these resources when they need additional support. Examples of resources include PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and CenterLink Member LGBT Community Centers, which have locations across the United States.
By Day 4
Post by Day 4 an explanation of two challenges LGBTIQ clients may face as they come out in their sexual orientation to others. Then describe the resource you identified that serves this population and provide a link to the resources website. Finally, describe the services this resource provides and explain how they would be helpful to clients and their families.
*Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.*
By Day 6
Read a selection of your colleagues postings.
Respond by Day 6 to at least two of your colleagues postings that feature different challenges, sharing an insight gained from your reading.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you learned and/or any insights you gained as a result of your colleagues comments.
Colleague 1: Tyrus Ballard-Bradford
RE: Discussion – Week 7
Give an explanation of two challenges LGBTIQ clients may face as they come out in their sexual orientation to others.
Some challenges that LGBTQ clients may face from coming out is being disowned by their families. Some families will disown their children due to religious reasons or personal reasons. For example, in the African American culture it is frowned upon for African American males to come out because they are looked at as being Weak if they are sensitive or don’t meet the norms of an of an African American male. It is stressed that you have to be a strong masculine boy/man.According to LaSala (2013), coming out as gay in the African American community will damage the image of the African American man, which was expressed by relatives of African American youth who came out. Another challenge that LGBTQ clients have to face is a fear of being kicked out of the house and becoming homeless. According to Cray et al. (2013), researchers estimate that the LGBTQ youth make up 20 to 40 percent for youth homelessness.
Then describe the resource you identified that serves this population and provide a link to the resources website.
The resource for gay African American youth and families is called Family Acceptance for Black African American LGBTQ+ Youth. This resource educates African Americans on how to support youth and families who have a LGBTQ family member. It offers resources to places such as the Zebra Coalition, and The Family Acceptance Project.
Finally, describe the services this resource provides and explain how they would be helpful to clients and their families.
The Zebra Coalition provides services for mental health and support services for individuals and families. This is very crucial in the African American culture because mental health is ignored or there is lack of education on that subject. In addition, they offer counseling services suited for LGBTQ+ youth to help strengthen relationships and family bonds by providing a safe and open environment. When coming out as gay in the African American community, it can cause a lot of stress and prompts thoughts of suicide. The Family Acceptance Project provides awareness to the health related risks of LGBTQ+ youth in context with their families.
LaSala, M. (2013). Gay African American Youth Face Challenges Coming out to families. https://www.rutgers.edu/news/gay-african-american-youth-face-unique-challenges-coming-out-families
Cray, A., Miller, K., and Durso, L.E. (2013). Seeking Shelter: The Experiences and Unmet Needs of LGBT Homeless Youth. Washington, DC: Center for American Progress. https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publicat…
Coming out is a phrase used to describe a person accepting their homosexual orientation and sharing it with others. LGBTQ clients are at risk of suicide and bullying because of non-supportive family and unsafe schools (Levine et al., n.d.).
The Trevor Project is a resource that is available for youth who are suicidal and are experiencing a crisis (The Trevor Project Saving Young Lgbtq Lives, n.d.). It is the leading national organization providing crises intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth (The Trevor Project Saving Young Lgbtq Lives, n.d.). The program is helpful as there are trained counselors available by call, text, or chat 24/7 for support, education, and provide resources nationwide to LGBTQ youth (The Trevor Project Saving Young Lgbtq Lives, n.d.). The web address to The Trevor Project is https://www.thetrevorproject.org/.
Levine, S. B., Risen, C. B., & Althof, S. E. (Eds.). (n.d.). Handbook of clinical sexuality for mental health professionals (3rd ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203490327
Retrieved from https://www.thetrevorproject.org/.
The trevor project saving young lgbtq lives. (n.d.). The Trevor Project. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/.