Gay-friendly (LGBTQI+)

Coming out as gay or bisexual/gender identity is a longer process that develops slowly and can extend into late adolescence and adulthood.

LGB youth find themselves isolated, unsupported and without role models, and grow up in an environment that is hostile to their sexual orientation: the presence of homophobia and the stigma attached to homosexuality affects both the development and expression of homosexual identity.

Homosexual identity development involves the gradual acceptance of the label “homosexual” as part of the self.

LGBTQI+ minority people are exposed to high levels of psychological distress. Discrimination and stigmatization of sexual minorities can lead to significant consequences such as psychological distress, mistrust and isolation, alcoholism, sexual dysfunction, eating disorders and suicide.

Support for LGBTQI+ people is available to couples or individuals:

-Real and perceived discrimination in different spheres of life (personal and/or professional),

-The formation and development of sexual orientation / gender identity,

-People in transition, androgynous, drag kings, drag queens, transvestites, butches, cross-dressers, etc. and/or intersex,

-The inability to come out,

-The difficulty to assume a sexuality different from the norm, the difficulty to live with one’s seropositivity, the questioning of sexual desires, etc,

-Internalized homophobia (this is a form of homophobia that corresponds to a form of hatred, violence or discrimination towards oneself),

-Crisis management in couples.

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