We asked people in our mental health community who are also in the LGBTQIA+ community to share one thing they wish people understood about existing in both spaces.
“Just because I have a mental illness doesn’t mean I’m confused about my sexuality.”
“My mental illness did not cause me to be bisexual nor did being bisexual cause me to have mental illness.”
“We deserve to be included.”
“Telling me ‘it’s just a phase’ or ‘you just haven’t met the right person yet’ doesn’t help me accept myself.”
“My queerness and my neurodivergence are inseparable, and that’s OK.”
“Some people think that a person in the LGBTQIA+ community owes an explanation of their sexuality. No one should ever have to explain that.”
“I like girls all the time, not only when my mood is manic.”
“Minority stress is real, and it has a real effect on well-being.”
“It’s hard to find other people in the LGBTQIA+ community when you have social anxiety disorder and aren’t out to anyone.”
“I am not broken in any sense of the word. But I am 100% valid.”
“We are this way, and we are proud of it, so please give us support.”
People in the LGBTQIA+ community are almost three times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition.
Let’s support every part of each other. Everyone deserves to feel respected and understood.