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Feeling Unsafe Because Of A Surge In Anti-LGBTQ Bills Being Passed By States? You Aren’t Alone


Feeling Unsafe Because Of A Surge In Anti-LGBTQ Bills Being Passed By States? You Aren’t Alone
Feeling Unsafe Because Of A Surge In Anti-LGBTQ Bills Being Passed By States? You Aren’t Alone


Feeling Unsafe Because Of A Surge In Anti-LGBTQ Bills Being Passed By States? You Aren’t Alone


Society, overall, has become more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community. Progress is being made, but that doesn’t mean everything is okay. Because of Anti-LGBTQ legislation bills, it definitely feelos as if we are making giant steps backward. This is not an easy thing to deal with for those in the community and allies and supporters of the fundamental human rights we all deserve. Many people are now feeling unsafe and unsure of what the future may hold.


Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and Texas’s refusal to provide healthcare for transgender people are prime examples. If you feel scared, you are definitely not alone in this. Not only in your own feelings, but for the allies who fear what may happen. Here are some reasons why this is so hurtful to many people and causes a lot of fear. We’ll also talk about how to deal with this.


It Encourages Homophobia And Transphobia

The bills being passed are normalizing homophobia and transphobia. These laws are encouraging the mentality of, “It’s not okay to be who you are.” Despite society becoming more accepting, this frame of mind of homophobia and transphobia is being encouraged for those who already believe in this wrong message.


Anti-LGBTQ Laws Cause A Decline Of Mental Health And Happiness

Living in fear of what is happening to your community and your life is absolutely terrifying. The stigma that states are promoting with these bills is having a major effect on mental health. In a world that already causes anxiety and depression, just because of who someone is, this is really discouraging. States that have these Anti-LGBTQ+ laws are seeing a rise in anxiety and depression diagnoses. Discrimination is also linked to a rise in suicide attempts and substance abuse as well.


How To Cope With These Challenging Situations

It’s hard to know what to do or where to go when you are feeling so overwhelmed. You turn on the news and there is almost always a mention of these laws. The impression of being bombarded constantly by talk about homophobia and transphobia is detrimental to anyone who is affected. It isn’t good news that so many people are suffering or feeling ashamed just for who they are. But, in the same sense, you aren’t alone in this really tough society.


Here are a few ways that you can help you try to feel a little safer.


Seek Out Online Communities

Thankfully, we live in a modern society where we have access to online communities. Feeling support and encouragement from those in your state or other ones are really helpful. Instead of feeling isolated, don’t be afraid to join some Facebook groups or online forums for support.


Turn The News Off

While it is important to say up to date with what is happening in the world, let’s face it – this is extremely frustrating. Not only does the news feature negative stories of what is going on in the world; but there is so much talk about politics and laws. Stay in tune, as needed, but take breaks from it. Try to make a commitment to only watch the news every few days. Or tune into your local news versus national channels, as they won’t go too in-depth about what is happening in the world.


Seek Support From Professionals

Mental health, no matter who you are, is important. At the very least, it is becoming less stigmatized for many people to seek help from a therapist. Going to a culturally competent and empathetic supportive person can really help you work out the feelings you are going through. Never be afraid or hesitant to reach out to me. I am here to support you and guide you with LGBTQ+ Counseling. You deserve to know you have people on your side.



 

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