Reducing Discrimination Against LGBTQIA2S Individuals in Your Community: What You Can Do to Help

Everyone has a unique sexual orientation and gender identity. Sexual orientation is the person you are romantically or physically attracted to, while gender identity is the internal sense of being male, female, both or neither, that is separate from your biological sex. People who have a sexual orientation or gender identity that is different from most people are included in the general term LGBTQ+. It's important to note that identifying as LGBTQ+ is NOT a mental illness or disorder.

Although being LGBTQ+ is not a mental illness, many LGBTQ+ people have mental health problems. Bisexual and transgender communities have the highest rates of mental health issues among the LGBTQ+ population, with the youngest members of the community struggling the most with mental health issues in all age groups. In addition, many people who identify as LGBTQ+ are part of a second community (and sometimes a third or more) that is marginalized. These groups include BIPOC (blacks, indigenous people or people of color), people with physical disabilities, people who practice a religion other than that of their neighbors, and people with a low socioeconomic status.

These individuals have complex experiences that cannot be easily addressed in one area of their life. Unfortunately, there are many negative stereotypes about being LGBTQ+, which makes many people uncomfortable to share this important part of their identity. When people openly express this part of themselves, they face the possibility that rejection from peers, colleagues, and friends could exacerbate feelings of loneliness.

What You Can Do To Help Reduce Discrimination Against LGBTQIA2S Individuals

There are several steps you can take to help reduce discrimination against LGBTQIA2S individuals in your community. The first step is to educate yourself on the issues facing this community.

This can be done by reading books and articles on the subject, attending workshops and seminars, and talking to members of the LGBTQIA2S community. The second step is to become an ally for members of the LGBTQIA2S community. This means speaking up when you hear someone making derogatory comments about this group and standing up for their rights. You can also join organizations that support LGBTQIA2S rights and participate in events such as Pride parades.

The third step is to create an inclusive environment in your workplace or school. This means making sure everyone feels safe and respected regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It also means creating policies that protect members of this community from discrimination. Finally, you can support organizations that provide services to members of the LGBTQIA2S community.

These organizations provide counseling services, legal assistance, job training, and other resources to help members of this community lead successful lives.


Discrimination against LGBTQIA2S individuals is still a major problem in many communities. However, there are steps you can take to help reduce discrimination against this group. By educating yourself on the issues facing this community, becoming an ally for members of this group, creating an inclusive environment in your workplace or school, and supporting organizations that provide services to members of this community, you can help make your community a more welcoming place for everyone.