Alicia Skiles, MS, Professional Counselor

Many LGBTQ persons, especially youth, seek counseling services to help cope with discrimination and bullying. A recent article in Counseling Today explored how prevalent bullying is in schools and the workplace for members of the LGBTQ community. School bullying can take the form of online threats, verbal abuse or physical violence (pushing and hitting). Workplace bullying tends to be more psychological such as threatening job loss or destructive rumors. Both school and workplace bullying can lead to feelings of isolation and chronic stress (Meyers, 2016).

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On May 31st, 2016 President Obama declared June 2016 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.  He called on Americans to “eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists” and “celebrate the great diversity of the American people”. While great strides have been made; this recognition comes at a time when LGBTQ Americans and their allies still fight daily for legal and social equality, and safety for their well-being.

Being knowledgeable about LGBTQ issues can be the first step in eliminating prejudice, I invite anyone reading this to take the 60-second challenge below.

60 Second Challenge: Visit one of the following sites below and learn something new.

The Center: LGBTQ connection in La Crosse/Winona area: https://7riverslgbtq.org/

Do Something.org: https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-lgbt-life-america

Terminology – University of Wisconsin- La Crosse:  https://www.uwlax.edu/Pride-Center/Terminology/

Stop Bullying. Gov: https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/LGBTQ-safe-zone

If you or someone you know needs help and support, Family & Children’s Center serves as a safe-zone to serve people of all sexuality and gender through our Outpatient Counseling Clinic and other programs. We work to strengthen children, individuals, and families of all kinds. Please visit our Outpatient Counseling Clinic page to learn more.

Unfortunately, this blog comes at a time of tragedy in the United States. Our hearts go out to the victims, families, friends and community of Orlando.

 
References

White House Presidential Proclamation: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/31/presidential-proclamation-lgbt-pride-month-2016

Meyers, L. (April 21, 2016) Fertile grounds for bullying. Counseling today, retrieved from http://ct.counseling.org/tag/topic-ct-lgbtq-issues/