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LGBTQ

The acronym LGBTQ refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer/Questioning. In counseling, LGBTQ issues are those topics and concerns of particular impact to LGBTQ individuals and communities.
The acronym LGBTQ refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer/Questioning. In counseling, LGBTQ issues are those topics and concerns of particular impact to LGBTQ individuals and communities.
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Questions and Answers

Kelly Garrity, LMFT
Kelly Garrity, LMFT
THERAPY FOR CLARITY

I am so glad you are reaching out for support and hope you continue to do so. First let me say, I am so sorry you are going through this.. And please know you deserve support and care, and full freedom to be the truest you. Yet sadly sometimes religious institutions and even and especially those... more

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Allison Middleton
Allison Middleton
Trauma Informed, Person-Centered

First of all, it is incredibly brave to be honest with yourself about who you are and what you want. Being authentically you is scary and to know that being you will impact your relationships is even scarier. Here are some tips on what to do while you are working through it:- You don't have to tell... more

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Ronica Clark
Ronica Clark
You have questions I'm willing to try to give an answer

1. How dependent on you are your family (food, shelter, clothes, etc. ). Until you can fully take car of yourself I would not recommend coming out to your family. 2. Gear for the worst possible situation.3. I would look into your religion sec that has a LGBTQ members and see if you find support with... more

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Lauren Ostrowski, MA, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, CCTP, CCH
Lauren Ostrowski, MA, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, CCTP, CCH
I tailor my therapeutic approach to each client's strengths and goals

It sounds like you may be asking two different questions.With regard to what you said about your husband dressing as a female in your bedroom, I wonder if you would consider asking him more about this. If you choose to do that, I would suggest that you ask him whether a certain time is a good time... more

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Traci Lowenthal
Traci Lowenthal
LGBTQAffirmative Therapist

It can absolutely be normal for men to fantasize about sexual activities with other men! Fantasy can be an incredibly fulfilling experience for you and your partner! This could be a aspect of your sexuality that you would benefit from exploring thorough conversation with trusted someone, like your... more

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Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Maybe.I don't imagine there is any accurate way of collecting enough information from other people to give you an answer.Instead, I'd look to whether you're in a happy and healthy relationship, have friends, a relatively satisfying work situation, place to live, and overall are satisfying all the... more

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Allison Middleton
Allison Middleton
Trauma Informed, Person-Centered

This is actually totally normal. Sexuality and sexual expression is on a spectrum. At certain times in your life your sexuality might learn towards one side of the spectrum based on a variety of things including your relationship status, acceptance from your community, whether or not you want... more

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Ronica Clark
Ronica Clark
You have questions I'm willing to try to give an answer

all and short answer is sexually is on a spectrum and things just happen.

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Dr. Meredyth Lawrynce
Dr. Meredyth Lawrynce
Serving Clients Nationwide

Sending you healing vibes as you endure their being unaccepting. I wanted to share this video about coming out Coming OutI know it is hard when those we love do not accept us as we are. One thing to ask, is this something that you need their approval around? Owning who you are regardless of what... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Dr. Meredyth Lawrynce
Dr. Meredyth Lawrynce
Serving Clients Nationwide

Normalizing cross-dressing and being open and accepting about who you are.   Consider your personal reasons for crossdressing, perhaps to release stress, embrace your feminine side (we all have feminine and masculine energy), and decide for yourself if it is or it is not for sexual stimulation.

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.