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Some Advice about Advice

Growing Together Counseling

What I’ve learned, mainly from running groups, is that people sometimes find advice helpful, and sometimes they find it not-so-nice. So, based on what I think I’ve learned about advice, herein is my two cents on the matter, given with the intention of being helpful and educational. Please keep in mind that you technically “asked” for this advice by opening this post. (You will understand why I state this after you’ve finished reading.)

What is Advice?

Because advice can be a two edged sword, most of what I say about advice is going to have two views—including my definition of advice.

On the one hand, advice can be seen as a kindhearted sharing of wisdom gained by someone who has experienced a similar situation and has handled it well or at least survived it intact.

On the other hand, advice and opinions can also be experienced as invalidating or patronizing…

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Low National Funding for LGBT Health Research Contributes to Inequities, Pitt-led Analysis Finds

via Low National Funding for LGBT Health Research Contributes to Inequities, Pitt-led Analysis Finds.

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“The NIH is the world’s largest source of health research funding and has placed a low priority on LGBT health research,” said Robert W.S. Coulter, M.P.H., a doctoral student in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. “In general, LGBT people experience stigma associated with their sexual and gender minority status, disproportionate behavioral risks and psychosocial health problems, and higher chronic disease risk factors than their non-LGBT counterparts. Increased NIH funding for research on these topics, particularly focusing on evidence-based interventions to reduce health inequities, could help alleviate these negative health outcomes.”

While this article points to how more evidence is needed on LGBTQ-specific interventions, I believe this article also speaks to why LGBTQ relationships are so important. Research already shows that healthy relationships counteract negative impacts of the environment in which one lives.

LGBTQ people have a history of self-medication in reaction to a world that diminishes our very humanity. If we practice being more open and vulnerable with each other, we can turn to our partners and our communities instead of self-harming substances and behaviors as our primary mode of coping.