The Coalition & Universal Music Group’s Roadmap to LGBTQ+ Mental Health
June is Pride Month, and we created a guide on LGBTQ+ mental health in partnership with Universal Music Group and the Universal Music All Together Now Foundation.
Mental Health is your general sense of emotional, psychological, and cognitive wellbeing (more info here). Everyone has mental health, but it can look different based on cultural factors and social group identities like sexual and gender identity. Focusing on LGBTQ+ mental health allows us to consider some of these unique experiences.
It’s important to stress that difficulties related to identifying as a sexual minoritized or gender diverse individual can be challenging not because of these identities themselves, but because of the broader societal fabric that creates a difficult environment to thrive in. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ are often affected by the daily realities of heterosexism, cisgenderism, homophobia, transphobia, cisnormativity, and heteronormativity. Many also experience racism, classism, ableism, sexism, and/or xenophobia. These each can create experiences of discrimination-based rejection, which impact self-esteem, mood, career, relationships, and of course, mental health. Despite these systemic- level challenges, there are countless examples of thriving within and because of LGBTQ+ communities, which we’ll also highlight here.
Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ yourself or love someone who does, read on to learn more about LGBTQ+ mental health.
More within the full Roadmap to LGBTQ+ Mental Health linked below.