LGBTQ and ALL whether you're part of the community or a friend of the community, all are welcome here

Who is LGBTQ and ALL? πŸ€”

LGBTQ and ALL is an inclusive community for folks who live within the margins. Whether you identify as gay, straight, trans, non-binary, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color), fat/larger-bodied, a sex worker, neurodivergent, live with a disability, or in poverty, our community strives to uplift all its members.

If you are an ally, whether a friend, family, partner, or chosen family, you can also belong to this community. We welcome those who acknowledge their privilege and do their part to interact with the LGBTQ+ community positively and stand up for their rights.

What Is the Goal of LGBTQ and ALL? βœ”οΈ

We know that the connection between sexual wellness, intimacy, and mental health is complex. Sex can do wonders for your self-esteem, mood, and intimate relationships. When it comes to LGBTQ+ folks and other diverse identities, sex can come with stigma and barriers. We aim to reduce these obstacles so that queer folks can have more positive outcomes for mental health.

Enjoying intimacy with any partner can be improved upon with the proper mental health resources in place. We provide a supportive community, influential ambassadors, and accessible information to make you feel empowered about your sexuality. When emotions are heightened, and thoughts are racing, it can negatively impact our sexual encounters. Experiencing healthy and emotional sexual intimacy is part of our mission, and we strive to do so through our offerings for LGBTQ+ folks.

What is the M.O.M. (Mind Over Matter) Community? ✌🏻 ✌🏽 ✌🏿

Our M.O.M. (Mind Over Matter) community is an inspiring platform to empower LGBTQ+ individuals. You can like and share motivational, mindful mental health quotes with other members of the M.O.M. community or with your family, friends, or chosen family. Our community fosters authentic, meaningful relationships and is a safe space where we respect ourselves and those around us.

M.O.M. provides a digital lifeline that is integral to the safety of LGBTQ+ people. To ensure our community’s safety, we have moderators who review content to ensure that our members follow community guidelines. We will not publish any hate speech, discrimination, slurs, or violent and disturbing imagery to protect our LGBTQ+ network.

Why Are Safe Spaces Important? πŸ™πŸ» πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ™πŸΏ

A safe space provides marginalized individuals with respect and emotional security. When people don’t feel safe, it can be an anxiety-inducing and emotionally taxing experience. Since anxiety brings out many fears in people, it can lead to isolation and avoidance behaviors.

Safe spaces are a freeing place where LGBTQ+ people can be free from judgment, negative opinions, and discrimination. It is also a space where these individuals can feel respected and supported. This kind of space is especially beneficial for the most marginalized within the LGBTQ+ community, like BIPOC, POC, trans folks, people with disabilities, and those living in poverty.

Even though some more conservative contradictions to safe spaces claim that they violate free speech, this notion can be dangerous. Perpetuating this idea prevents others from understanding these spaces and why they are necessary for many oppressed people. It also limits the chance of engaging with topics of having productive discussions, especially ones that have to do with the mental health of LGBTQ+ folks.

πŸ€• 🀐 What Role Does Mental Health Play in the LGBTQ+ Community? πŸ˜’ πŸ˜₯

Being LGBTQ+ is definitely not a mental illness, but many folks in the community can experience negative impacts on their mental health. According to research, LGBTQ+ people have higher challenges regarding mental health than the rest of the population. They can cope with conditions like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and others in response to discrimination and societal prejudice.

However, not all LGBTQ+ have the same shared experiences, and everyone responds to these factors differently. Especially since every sexual orientation or identity is unique. For instance, what a transgender person experiences will be different from a cisgender person, or gay people will have different experiences than bisexual or pansexual folks.
The transgender and bisexual communities have the highest adverse mental health outcomes, especially the youngest members.

Many LGBTQ+ individuals are at risk for feelings of fear, discrimination, and traumatic occurrences. A large percentage of these folks are resilient and have found ways to prevail when facing adversity. Supportive relationships and communities can contribute to better mental health outcomes. It was even discovered that LGBTQ+ people seek out mental health services 2.5 times higher than heterosexual people. Every member of the LGBTQ+ has a unique and complex experience that can impact their mental health and areas of their lives, especially for groups like BIPOC, POC, folks with disabilities, and people with a lower socioeconomic status.

Since there are so many stereotypes regarding LGBTQ+ people, many people may not be comfortable sharing their authentic selves with the people in their lives. If they do eventually express their identity, they could face rejection and feel further isolated.

Our LGBTQ and ALL community feels strongly about uplifting the community. That’s why we have come up with strategies and tools to create a supportive network. We value our members and believe our platform will benefit everyone’s mental health.

A Fact Sheet for LGBTQ+ Folks πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ πŸ“

Dangers for LGBTQ+ People
  • Many LGBTQ+ people have been threatened (57%), harassed (57%), sexually harassed (51%), or have experienced violence for their gender or sexual orientation (51%).
  • 59% of queer people feel that they do not have as many job opportunities and receive less pay than people who are not in the LGBTQ+ community
  • 39% of transgender folks have had slurs said to them, and 28% have experienced offensive comments due to their gender or sexual preferences
Mental Health Outcomes
  • LGBTQ+ youth are six times as likely to have depression symptoms than their non-LGBTQ+ identifying counterparts.
  • LGBTQ+ teenagers are more than twice more likely to have suicidal ideation and over four times more likely to attempt suicide.
  • 48% of transgender adults said that they had contemplated suicide in the past year

**If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text β€œhome” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. To find out more, go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Barriers in Healthcare
  • 22% of transgender individuals have avoided healthcare or doctors due to stigma or potential discrimination
  • About 8% of LGBTQ+ folks and 27% of transgender people have said that they have been denied healthcare due to discrimination against gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • For mental health care, many factors may negatively impact proper and effective care. These include stigma, racism, less cultural sensitivity, and reluctance to treat an LGBTQ+ patient (both consciously and unconsciously)
  • According to recent evidence, heterosexual and cisgender health care professionals showed implicit preferences for heterosexual patients versus their LGBTQ+ counterparts.

Who Are Our Ambassadors? πŸ†

Our community is passionate about bringing quality LGBTQ+ content to our members. That’s why we have chosen to partner with ambassadors in the LGTBQ+ community. We believe that it is essential for leaders in the community to share their experiences with others, which is why we have video content where our ambassadors speak about mental health and other relatable issues.

Our ambassadors are a network of LGBTQ+ voices within the community. These individuals have been heavily involved in projects for the queer community and have made a difference in their local spaces by organizing, volunteering, and educating.
We are firmly committed to giving a platform to diverse identities. Our LGBTQ+ advocates add their voices and experiences to our forum to raise awareness about the most pressing issues facing queer folks to date. Our goal is to help raise awareness about LGBTQ+ issues to improve our community’s well-being in all aspects of their lives.

πŸ’œ 🀍 🧑 πŸ’š About LGBTQ and ALL πŸ–€  🀎 πŸ’› πŸ’™

Our space at LGBTQ and ALL recognizes that sexuality is an integral part of human lives. The connection between sexual wellness and LGBTQ+ lives is complex and can impact self-confidence and intimacy. Our goal is to reduce stigma regarding queer sex by discussing topics that apply to diverse identities. We know that there are still too many barriers that exist today, and we want to dispel any misinformation.

We also know that sex is about more than just our bodies. The mind plays an integral part when it comes to sex. Our thoughts and emotions can impact our experiences, and poor mental health outcomes can get in the way of a satisfying sex life. That’s why we offer a sex-positive, mindful and motivational community, so our members can navigate the world of queer sex without shame.

✨ Joining the LGBTQ and ALL Community πŸ“£

Now that you know more about LGBTQ and ALL, feel free to join our community. We look forward to continuing to build our wonderful LGTBQ+ online community with you. Our platform is a safe outlet for LGBTQ+ individuals to uplift each other and to find a sense of belonging.
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