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Reviewing Recourses for the LGBTQ Community
by Richard Gonzalez
Wednesday Nov 24th, 2021 10:03 AM
An op-ed piece on the resources available for the LGBTQ community.
Reviewing Resources for the LGBTQ Community.

By Richard Gonzalez

If we are all able to see through the eyes of those struggling in the LGBTQ community, better resources will emerge.

Before, and after the pandemic, resources for the LGBTQ community need better specific support in mental health and suicide ideations problems. In addition, continued efforts to develop new and innovative ideas are in great need.

As Northern California deals with a surge of mental health problems along with continued suicide ideations, efforts to support people in the LGBTQ community are always in demand. Developing new theories and how to create these resources is where I believe more focus should be. When speaking with LGBTQ community organizations, it is known that resources to improve mental health does exist, yet some areas are still in need of some serious attention.

The financial aspect is always an issue, for some non-profit organizations such as Queerspace in San Francisco, fundraising is vital to their success. Other organizations see more effort is needed to help those struggling with intersectionality issues such as trans-black people, who have had problems with communities not understanding the struggles they deal with day in and day out.

One more common resource that is lacking is helping those who are middle-aged, who are dealing with their sexuality after high school, and not finding a group of people they can identify and talk their struggles out with. When speaking with the leaders in this field of work, I believe the new idea for resources comes from hearing the stories of those living through it. Using their life experiences to develop programs that can stop it from happening to future LGBTQ members.


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