Race, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium

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Healing and Empowerment

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This paper shall examine the contextual factors of therapy facing LGBT individuals in today's society. This paper shall define important terms, such as “homophobia” and “internalized homophobia,” as well as clarify the use of the acronym LGBT. This paper discusses factors such as legal discrimination, workplace discrimination, mental health, religious trauma, and relationship challenges that may be significant to therapists treating LGBT clients. Finally, this paper explores ways in which mental healthcare professionals can actively address these factors through individual/personal education as well as through systemic changes in professional education and training.