Finding the support we need

As an LGBTQI affirming therapist, being a part of the community myself has been integral to my support of others. When we are exploring who we are during adolescence and into adulthood can be stressful. Wether these identities are fluid and changing or more fixed in our minds can create conflicts within ourselves or with others. Sometimes even as self-confident people we can struggle with how to address what we share with others wether during job interviews, on social media, with family members, or other important areas of our lives.  At times parents may struggle with how they are feeling about their child’s developing identity and what is shared publicly. I am here to support this process and enhance connection by creating a safe supportive open place to explore ourselves and deciding what feels right for each of us.

What LGBTQIA+ stands for

L — lesbian

G — gay

B — bisexual

T — transgender (Transgender is an acceptable label for anyone who does not identify as the gender they were assigned to at birth. An asterisk (i.e., trans*) was once used to include non-binary people, but it’s not necessary, since non-binary people are already trans.)

Q — queer or questioning; the Q stands for both.

I — intersex (this is controversial, and some intersex people do not wish to be considered LGBTQ+.)

A — the asexual and/or aromantic spectrum; includes grey-asexuality, demisexuality, etc. Historically, it has been used to stand for “allies” as well—but specifically in order to cover for the closeted individuals in LGBTQ+ spaces. The “A” is definitely not for allies who are both straight and cisgender.

The “+” includes all other queer identities that have not already been mentioned, such as pansexuality and polysexuality.