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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

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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Robin Landwehr, DBH, LPCC, NCC
Robin Landwehr, DBH, LPCC, NCC
Mental Health in a Primary Care Setting

Hello, and thank you for your question. Everyone fantasizes about something. In relationships, it is absolutely normal to have fantasies of a sexual nature about other people, whether they are real or imaginary. This could certainly include fantasies about people of the same gender. Marriage doesn't... more

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Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
Que Sera Sera Counseling

To be able to accept, they need to be sensitized that being bisexual isnt wrong ! After sensitization too, they might not be able to accept but your life should move on. Self-acceptance is the key. Coming out in itself needs so much strength and courage, that which you have !

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Michele Ramey
Michele Ramey
MRTherapy, LLC- Because Help Is One Of A Kind

Acceptance is something we cannot control. I would work with someone who can do family systems, even if your family never comes to therapy, you still need to process how the system has changed, or maybe it hasn't changed, maybe there is more realization and you need to process that. I'm sorry they... more

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Philippe Bower
Philippe Bower
Healing with Philippe

Coming out to our family can be one of the scariest and bravest things we as LGBTQ do. Sadly, sometimes these family members may not understand or even become scared for us and can lash out by yelling. One thing you may do is to give them time to process their personal emotions. Another thing you... more

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Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
Que Sera Sera Counseling

Sexuality is fluid. One can be interested in same gender relationship after being straight fr 40years !

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Michele Ramey
Michele Ramey
MRTherapy, LLC- Because Help Is One Of A Kind

That's a loaded question, but to answer with a short answer, I'd say, it's because you are. Get in with someone to explore more of that why and what you want to do with where you are now. Hope that helps!

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Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
Que Sera Sera Counseling
No religion stops a person from being themselves. Gender is self-identified and not the one assigned at birth. Few families need sensitiation program for them to understand that their child is perfectly normal and gender dysphoria or gender incongruence is normal.
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Michele Ramey
Michele Ramey
MRTherapy, LLC- Because Help Is One Of A Kind
If you want to get some help in how to navigate what you want to do, contact a therapist and schedule sessions so that they can create a space to explore your choices. 
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Philippe Bower
Philippe Bower
Healing with Philippe

This question depends on the Country, State, and doctor that you are working with. The clients I have worked with within Washington State, have had to attend therapy while undergoing hormone therapy. Additionally, many of my clients have had to receive an assessment to even have the ability to use... more

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