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PDF | Vol. 6, No. 2 (2010)

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people often face prejudice, discrimination and isolation. Now imagine the doubly stigmatizing effect of being LGBT and having a mental illness or substance use problem. These added stresses can lead, in part, to higher rates of mental health and substance use problems. But how do you talk about sexual orientation or gender with your service provider?  What happens when your service provider says that your sexual orientation or gender identity are the cause of your mental health problems? Through the words of our passionate and courageous writers, learn how others found wellness and resilience through supportive and loving families, spirituality and knowledgeable service providers. Join us as we explore the relationships between sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health and substance use.


  • Editor’s Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • We Are Family
    (Sophia Kellly)

  • Pathologizing Sexuality and Gender: A brief history
    (Jacqueline Holler)

  • LGBT People and Mental Health: Healing the wounds of prejudice
    (Al Zwiers)

  • Same But Different: Substance use in queer and trans communities
    (Stacey Boon)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • The Light: Hallucination or spiritual energy
    (Alexander Singh)

  • A Great Group of Women Talk About Coming Out
    (Qmunity Women’s Coming Out Group)

  • Treatment Delayed Because I was Gay?
    (Ross Taylor)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Reducing Barriers: Making services relevant to LGBT clients
    (Peter Toppings)

  • It’s All About ‘Asking the Right Questions’
    (Marcia Gibson)

Regional Programs

  • Safe Spaces in BC’s Interior: Working with LGBT youth to promote mental health
    (Wendy Hulko, Kari Bepple, Jenny Turco, and Natalie Clark)

  • Qmunity—BC’s Queer Resource Centre
    (Myer Leach)

  • Transgender Health Program
    (Kailey Willetts)



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