IN THIS GUIDE
- We’ve assembled a list of 3 crisis lines and 4 foundations working towards QTBIPOC mental health equality.
- Find 11 mental health resources that speak to the mental health issues QTBIPOC people are facing today, including 4 treatment directories and 7 online communities, as well as some solution-oriented action items.
- We’ve also found 10 QTBIPOC-specific information resources in the form of articles and podcasts that further support positive mental health among queer and trans people of color.
- Finally, check out 12 video and social media resources for QTBIPOC people that can help advance the conversation, helping us move towards equality.
The QTBIPOC community encompasses Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Color. When discussing this community, we must acknowledge intersectionality. Defined as a person’s overlap of social identities, intersectionality is a combination of gender identity, sexuality, class, race, and mobility. The QTBIPOC community stands at the intersection of race, gender identity and sexuality. Because of this, their experiences and their treatment needs are unique. Access to culturally competent mental health and addiction care is vital for members of this community.
39% of LGBTQ+ people struggle with mental illness. The prejudice many of them face, from their own families and outside sources, contributes largely to mental illness. Suicide rates for LGBTQ+ high schoolers of color in the United States currently stands at 27%. This is disproportionate to white LGBTQ+ high schoolers at 22% and non-LGBTQ+ high schoolers at 5%. LGBTQ individuals face unequal health care services due to societal stigma and discrimination. This is not only a violation of human rights, but it correlates to high rates of mental illness, substance abuse, and suicide.
The widest disparity exists between the QTBIPOC community and their access to adequate mental health care. Various instances of providers denying care have been recorded. Clients may receive a misdiagnosis due to discrimination, and inadequate care may even lead to death. Fear of this may cause individuals in need to avoid seeking care altogether.
Some helpful organizations, resources, and communities that are working to improve the mental health care of QTBIPOC individuals include:
- Trans Lifeline: US 877-565-8860 / Canada 877-330-6366
- GLBT National Hotline: Adults 1-888-843-4564 / Youth Talkline 1-800-246-7743
- 24/7 TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386
Organizations + Foundations
- YMSM + LGBT Center of Excellence: This organization provides services for both treatment and prevention for individuals of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations that may be struggling with dual diagnosis substance abuse and mental illness.
- The Lesbians of Color Symposium (LOCS) Collective: As a nonprofit, they provide LBTQ+ women and non-binary people of color with services and programs that help provide education and a variety of other resources and events.
- The Trevor Project: This national organization emphasizes crisis intervention and suicide prevention for all LGBTQ+ youth through extensive online resources.
- The Okra Project: In order to combat the global crisis faced by Black Trans people, The Okra Project seeks to deliver home-cooked, nutritious meals and resources to their client’s homes.
- National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: This organization works to positively impact the mental health of queer and trans people of color.
- LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color: A directory that matches LGBTQs of Color with licensed psychotherapists that are also a part of the same community. They also provide support, networking, leadership development, and community-building opportunities for LGBTQs of Color in psychology, social work, and counseling.
- AYANA Therapy: A mental health platform that connects BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people to teletherapy services.
- Therapy for Queer People of Color: A directory designed to connect QPOC with services from providers who work to create unique and all-inclusive treatment plans that touch on the specific needs of each client.
Online Platforms + Communities
- You Are Not Alone Network: An online community intended to give Native American young people a safe place to congregate and speak about race, sexuality, gender, and other types of issues.
- Lazarus Nance Letcher: Lazarus Letcher’s blog is used as a platform to discuss race, sexuality, and he provides a QTBIPOC perspective on current affairs.
- YOHOMO: An LGBTQ community forum that is based out of Toronto, Canada, YOHOMO provides a voice to the queer communities of Toronto.
- Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health: A resource guide for Native LGBTQ and Two Spirit people to find like-minded individuals and mental healthcare providers that are experienced with Native and Two Spirit issues.
- Rest for Resistance: A hub for discussions about LGBTQ-specific issues that covers a wide range of topics.
- Women for Political Change: A mutual aid fund for women, trans, or otherwise non-binary people who live in Minnesota and are younger than 30 who have experienced hardships.
- BGD Press: An LGBTQ blog that highlights issues of race, gender, sexuality, and wellness through a non-binary lens.
- Joy Revolution: Hosted by Gabby Rivera, this podcast is directed toward discussing issues of race, gender, and sexuality with a focus on Latinx issues.
- Black Queer and Trans Excellence: A podium for members of Toronto’s LGBTQ community to discuss current affairs in the city, and the world at large.
- Cove Corner: A podcast hosted by bi-racial, non-binary individuals, they discuss a wide range of issues that are specific to LGBTQ communities.
- Dear Jessamyn: A relationship advice podcast that is intended for anyone in a non-binary relationship.
- Body Liberation for All: Dalia Kinsey’s podcast focuses on self-care, a healthy diet, exercise, and some ways that you can improve wellness practices to be the best version of yourself.
- Farms Run by Queer and BIPOC People Are Sites of Community and Strength: An article about farms run by queer BIPOC published by Teen Vogue.
- In 2020, Black Trans People Confronted Trauma in Real Time: An article about how non-profits have helped Black trans people throughout the COVID pandemic.
- Therapy is Political. It’s High Time Therapists Acknowledge This: An article from Talkspace spotlights PoC doing mental health and social work within their communities.
- Coming Out: Living Authentically as Black LGBTQ People: A guide that details the experience of coming out as an LGBTQ Black person.
- Questions to Help QTBIPOC Find Affirming Mental Health Providers: A tool developed by MHA and the HRC to aid the QTBIPOC community in finding culturally competent mental health treatment and practitioners.
- Mental Health in Queer & Trans BIPOC Communities from the Human Rights Campaign.
- The Urgency of Intersectionality, a Ted Talk with speaker Kimberlé Crenshaw.
- Outfest: Outfest is a youtube channel that highlights LGBTQ stories and covers the experience of coming out to friends and family.
- QTBIPOC Poetry & Storytelling: When the Chant Comes Anniversary Video
- Inhale/Exhale: Dr. Sarika Persaud reads from ‘Poems About a Song’ and talks about her life as a Caribbean LGBTQ woman.
Social Media Follows
- Served Up and Sober: An Instagram page for women of color who are sober, or interested in sobriety.
- Sans Bar: An alcohol-free bar in Austin, Texas that hosts events, gatherings, and a range of alcohol-free events.
- Sober Black Girls Club: An Instagram page that is for sober Black girls, by sober Black girls.
- Speqtrum Hamilton: A youth-focused organization based in Canada, their Instagram page acts a a hub for all things LGBTQ+.
- Paper Street Press: Based in Detroit, Michigan, this Instagram page is focused on QTBIPOC and disabled QTBIPOC issues.
- Blk Boy Shine: Darryl DeAngelo Terrell is a visual artist and uses his skills to bring BIPOC and LGBTQ issues into the spotlight.
- Minaa B: Minaa is a therapist and wellness coach who uses her Instagram page to promote health and wellness among QTBIPOC.