Helping you to begin your journey
In spite of the progress we have made, non-binary individuals face tremendous challenges. The same technology that allows us to find community, and understand we are not alone, also exposes us to anonymous bullying and aggression. While it is encouraging to be able to identify our allies, we are currently seeing an erosion of hard won rights at a governmental level, and aggression towards non-gender conforming individuals is increasing. As result of these mixed messages, many non-binary individuals suffer from internalized homophobia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third-leading cause of death in the United States among those age 10-to-14, and the second-leading from age 15-to-24. Gay, lesbian and bisexual youth are two-to-five times as likely as their straight peers to attempt suicide, and young transgender people are also at heightened risk. Prejudice is a leading factor.
The American Psychiatric Association warns that conversion therapies can lead to depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior “therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient.” But supportive psychotherapy can be a crucial resource. The American Medical Association attributes emotional disturbances felt by LGBT people to a “sense of alienation in an unaccepting environment” and calls for affirmative psychotherapy to help people cope and develop.
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