Lesson 1 LGBTQ+

  • What it means to be a LGBTQ+ person
  • What the issues are about a LGBTQ+ person’s health

What does LGBTQ+ mean?

LGBTQ+ is the acronym for : Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer

«+» stands for all the other identities not covered by the acronym LGBTQ (+ Pansexual
+ Agender + Gender Queer + Bigender + Gender Variant + Pangender)

  • Whose sexual preferences are directed either exclusively or also towards persons of the same sex (Lesbian Gay Bisexual)
  • Who identify with a gender other than their biological sex (unrespectively if they had a surgery or not)
  • Who have not a definite sexual orientation or are still questioning it (Queer)
  • Because of anti-LGBTQ+ social stigma, LGBTQ+ people are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
  • Some transgender people experience additional stress if they are treated in a way that does not conform to their gender identity.
  • People cope with stress and depression in different ways, sometimes abusing drugs or alcohol.
  • If you are having trouble coping with these issues, contact your doctor or someone you trust for information about resources available to you to manage your health.
  • Difficulty accepting your sexual orientation
  • Coping with other people’s reactions to your sexuality
  • Feeling your body does not reflect your true gender (gender dysphoria)
  • Transitioning
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-harm 
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Depression
  • Coping with bullying and discrimination
  • Anger, isolation or rejection from family, friends or your community
  • Fear of violence