I mentioned in my first PRIDE post that finding adequate mental health care can be difficult for folks in the LGBTQIA community. In this post, I made a list comprised of resources that will help you find LGBTQIA-friendly providers.
- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Provider Directory
- Healthcare Equality Index
- The Center for American Progress and the National Transgender Discrimination Survey provide resources on the rights of LGBTQIA folks’ mental health care.
- The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling
- The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
- Center for American Progress
- GLBT National Help Center
- Pride Institute
- The Trevor Project
- The Rainbow Access Initiative works to educate mental health care providers on LGBTQIA-centric issues.
Another helpful tip is to read the biographies of mental health care providers on their websites. Most will mention if they’re LGBTQIA-friendly. I also recommend calling or emailing a potential provider asking about their experience counseling LGBTQIA folks.
For those local to Greensboro, I recommend checking out Renewal, which is an LGBTQIA support group that meets at MHAG on Tuesdays from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm. Here you can seek support for your mental health recovery from a community that is more representative of your identity.
If you’re in need of a safe space that also provides programs on topics such as healthcare, knowing your legal rights and self-advocacy, college connections, aging, or transgender issues, then I recommend visiting Guilford Green Foundation’s new LGBTQ+ Community Center in Greensboro.