Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals often face shame and discrimination, sometimes—and most painfully—within their own families. This takes a toll on their mental health and makes it difficult to access care. The struggle against oppression is inseparable from the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and we won’t rest in our efforts until all forms of oppression are dismantled.
Young people who are subjected to conversion therapy, or sexual orientation change therapy, are more likely to experience depression, suicide attempts, and suicidal thoughts. Last year, Mental Health Colorado successfully supported the effort to end harmful conversion therapy practices for Coloradans under 18.
As we celebrate our LGBTQ+ communities this month—and feel the warmth of pride in the love of our partners, families, and friends—Mental Health Colorado renews our commitment to prioritizing policies and practices which create open, safe, and loving environments for all Coloradans. Only this way will we achieve our goal of healthier minds across our lifespans.