LGBTQ+/Coming Out issues are very common.
Many people will question their sexuality at some point over the course of their lifespan. Other people find that their gender identity is not aligned with strict “male” or “female” labels.
Although there is increasing cultural acceptance with regard to sexual diversity, many people still feel afraid by their own realities and deal with internal conflict about how their life might change in being open about their identities. This can be further complicated when one’s religious beliefs fail to align with this identity. This can lead to depression, anxiety, substance use, and a host of other psychological problems.
Most people come from families where discussion about diverse gender and sexuality are not normalized. The absence of these discussions often result in people hiding their identities which can become very isolating. Lack of understanding from others can feel like a lack of support, which reinforces social isolation all the more.
No two people are alike when it comes to differences. Your sexual orientation and/or gender identity may not be causing you distress, however, there are life challenges that are inherently different for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, or any other non-traditional sexual or gender identity.