Counselling Sexual Minorities

Modern society is designed with the rough assumption that everybody is heterosexual, and, as a result, the interests of sexual minorities are not met. Consequently, there are peculiarities of the social structures that limit their rights and opportunities, which, in turn, adversely affect their health and wellness (Flenar et al., 2017). First, the convictions that homosexuality is one of the psychic disorders was accepted quite long. Some psychological professionals still have wrong beliefs that harm the feelings and mental well-being of the minor representatives (Flenar et al., 2017). Second, governmental services are aimed at the needs of heterosexual people, limiting the rights of minorities. There is still a significant number of countries and states that do not accept or allow same-sex marriages. Moreover, these people do not have the same level of access to education and employment (Flenar et al., 2017). Third, the available knowledge in medicine is restricted to the heterosexual majority (Flenar et al., 2017). Although it is not critical most of the time, there is a clear scientific gap for this aspect.

Personally, I am committed to being a change agent who increases the awareness of the latest results of scientific researches among the population. Such actions can help to increase the scope of opportunities for sexual minorities as their physical and mental health would be treated without wrong assumptions but with individual approaches. Moreover, the change agents can persuade governmental structures of the necessity for eliminating restrictive laws that violate the human rights of LGBTQ representatives.

At the micro level, each person who is aware of the problem can support the person who needs it and show readiness to help. Next, they should convince friends, family, and acquaintances to support homosexual people in society at the meso level. The individuals, who are ready for publicity, can start educational projects directed to changing the social mind and wrong historical assumptions.

Reference

Flenar, D. J., Tucker, C. M. & Williams, J. L. (2017). Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 24, 223–233. Web.

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