Psychology Of LGBTQ+ Community

Psychology Of LGBTQ+ Community

By Ritika


Societal attitudes toward homosexuality vary greatly across different cultures and historical periods, as do attitudes toward sexual desire, activity and relationships in general. All cultures have their own values regarding appropriate and inappropriate sexuality; some sanction same-sex love and sexuality, while others may disapprove of such activities in part. As with heterosexual behaviour, different sets of prescriptions and proscriptions may be given to individuals according to their gender, age, social status or social class.



  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender
  • Queer
  • Intersex
  • Asexual
  • 2 spirits 

    All the terms are used day to day life in a society misappropriately or used as slang by the people. 



    Today, homosexuality and queer identities may be acceptable to more Indian youths than ever before, but within the boundaries of family, home and school, acceptance of their sexuality and freedom to openly express their gender choices still remain a constant struggle for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people.In urban India, where social media and corporate initiatives have created increasing awareness of LGBT rights, the scenario looks more upbeat for gay men than for transgender people or lesbian women. While urban LGBT voices that are heard through several online and real-world platforms form an important part of LGBT activism, these expose only a small part of the diverse challenges faced by the community.


    Far away from gay pride parades, meet-ups and heated discussions on Twitter, families in rural India have their own ways of dealing with LGBT individuals. In some parts, secret honour killings are planned so that the only way for a young gay man to survive is to run away in the cover of the night to some city, with no money or social support.


    Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli

    In other parts, lesbian women are subjected to family-sanctioned corrective rapes, which are often perpetrated by their own family members. Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli, a transwoman LGBT activist and public policy scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, who has openly spoken about her abuse at school, says that lesbian women and transmen in rural areas end up at the bottom of the hierarchy when it comes to basic human rights within the unit of family and village.


    Judicial system towards LGBTQ+COMMUNITY

  • Delhi High Court’s initial verdict and the Supreme Court’s final verdict in 2018 with respect to section 377 of the Constitution, as well as the national legal services authority (NALSA) judgement and debate with respect to the Trans Rights Bill, the legal discourse is being accompanied by much more societal conversation about the LGBTQIA+ community. Justice Chandrachud in the verdict about section 377 outlined the role of mental health professionals to provide responsible mental health care and advocacy.

    Mental health aspects - were described as variables relevant to understanding individuals’ cognitions, emotions, and behaviour. We searched for literature in online journal databases, in archives of the most prominent journals, on websites of prominent LGBTQIA+ organisations, and through cross-referencing of papers obtained.


    What are the psychology of LQBTQ+ COMMUNITY;


  • LGBTQ community members have had this struggle all through their lives. Such a struggle could put them under enormous pressure. The prolonged fight to thrive under the social stigma could be quite tiring.
  • Researches across the world have proved LGBTQ community members face more mental health issues than heterosexuals. The stigma, prejudice and discrimination they face for being different drive them to these mental health issues, the researchers say.

  • During the 1960s and early 1970s, homosexuality was classified as a mental disorder. Homosexuality as a mental disorder was struck down from the second edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association in 1973.

  • World Health Organization to recognize homosexuality as normal. But, the disposition of society towards the community members persists.

  • The community members specifically suffer something called ‘minority stress’. It is a condition of living in hostile environments as minorities. They suffer bullying at schools or educational institutions. Sexual assault is something very common they come across.

  • Some of the common mental health issues the community suffers from are depression and anxiety. The LGBTQ youth are likely to suffer 1.75 times more anxiety and depression. The transgender community is even more vulnerable as they suffer 2.4 times higher anxiety and depression, the TREVOR project survey revealed.

  • Mainstream society still frowns upon same-sex marriages. The institution of family or intimacy the heterosexual community takes for granted is something of a luxury to them. Lack of love, recognition and approval put them at the risk of an identity crisis, feelings of rejection and hopelessness.

    Indian LGBT rights activists;

  • Abhina aher
  • Aditya bandopadhyay

  • Grace Banu

  • Tista das
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    •  A lot of catching up is required in India towards mental health issues. The distance is even farther for the LGBTQ when it comes to mental health in the country.


    • Despite all the hostilities, the community members thrive and are resilient. All they need is some recognition and love from their families, near and dear ones. Humanity is more important than sexual orientation or the complications surrounding them.


    • A meaningful co-existence makes the world more beautiful. LGBTQ people rightfully keep the rainbow as their colour. Many colours make a beautiful rainbow. It is time we recognize these differences and make this world a better place for all.

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