I never considered the fact that LGBTQ+ people received lesser care than heterosexual people until my sophomore year of college. I had “come out” as a lesbian the year before, and really started to make decisions for myself. I began taking classes that interested me, and that included a course called Contemporary Social Problems: LGBTQ Issues. This class was the cornerstone to my education and knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues, including health disparities. Not only did I learn about these disparities, but I experienced them first-hand. Before I came out, I battled anxiety and depression, like many college freshmen, but it soon turned into a greater problem. I was slowly developing an eating disorder. After coming out, I received a lot of resistance from family and peers–like many experience. Addressing my eating habits in counseling and seeing a specialist, I soon realized that these professionals equated my eating habits (or lack thereof) to my coming out, and how coming out furthered my anxiety and depression. I never really thought about how I had essentially been categorized because I am a part of a minority group. I believe this project will help professionals in many ways, including how to handle sensitive cases. Telling your story is important and allows for others to look at the deeper issues that exist.
“Acceptance can be life-changing…”–Anonymous “I am not sharing this story to say that all doctors are closed-minded, because I know that is far from the truth…”-Anonymous