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.
When discussing the QTBIPOC community, we must acknowledge and keep in mind the term intersectionality. Intersectionality refers to the position a person is in when they are a part of multiple niche communities within our society. These include categories such as gender identity, sexuality, class, race, and mobility. The QTBIPOC community stands at the intersection of race and gender identity or sexuality– making their experiences and their treatment needs very unique to who they are. This is why access to culturally competent mental health care is so vital for members of this community.
The prejudice that many LGBTQ+ people face throughout adolescence and into adulthood, from both their own families and outside sources, contributes largely to the rate of mental illness (39%) of the demographic. The suicide rate for LGBTQ+ high schoolers of color in the United States currently stands at 27% which is widely disproportionate to white LGBTQ+ high schoolers at 22%, and non-LGBTQ high schoolers at 5%. LGBTQ+ individuals face health disparities that can be attributed to societal stigma, discrimination, and violation of their civil and human rights at every age. The discrimination that they face has correlated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Black and Indigenous people also exhibit similar statistics when it comes to societal discrimination and its effects on mental health and suicidal thoughts.
The widest disparity, however, exists between the QTBIPOC community and their access to adequate mental health and medical treatment. Research indicates providers denying care, using harsh language, or blaming sexual orientation or gender identity as the cause of an illness. This often leads to misdiagnosis or even death of QTBIPOC individuals due to inadequate care. Fear of experiencing this life-threatening treatment leads some people to avoid seeking care altogether.
Some helpful organizations, resources, and communities that are working to improve the mental health 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 delivers culturally responsive and evidence-based prevention and treatment services for minority lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations dealing with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
- The Lesbians of Color Symposium (LOCS) Collective: A nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of LBTQ+ women and non-binary people of color through providing services and programming designed to educate, encourage and empower.
- The Trevor Project: This national organization provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to all LGBTQ+ youth, with an emphasis on protecting POC. They have an extensive amount of online resources.
- The Okra Project: A collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever they are.
- National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: This organization is committed to transforming 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 emphasizes providing teletherapy to BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folks.
- Therapy for Queer People of Color: A directory designed to connect QPOC with quality and inclusive services from providers who are passionate and dedicated to meeting their unique needs.
Online Platforms + Communities
- You Are Not Alone Network: An online platform that amplifies the voices of Native youth and provides them with vital, culturally competent resources.
- Lazarus Nance Letcher: A person using music, writing, and different forms of activism to share the stories of the QTBIPOC experience.
- YOHOMO: A platform that sheds light on queer Toronto artists, designers, DJs, and creatives who are doing beautiful things in the community. The blog is a spot for all things (mostly) local and (always) queer. Music playlists, festival guides, what to watch, and profiles.
- Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health: An online platform that celebrates queer and Two Spirit individuals and their role in Indigenous society, brought together by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.
- Rest for Resistance: This site contains articles written for queer persons of color by queer persons of color, providing reminders and tips to help you rest and recover.
- Women for Political Change: A mutual aid fund that prioritizes BIPOC, LGBTQ, sick or disabled, immigrants, the unemployed, survivors of violence, parents or caretakers, and people experiencing homelessness.
- BGD Press: A platform seeking to amplify the voices, experiences, and expressions of queer and trans people of color.
- Joy Revolution: Gabby Rivera, a queer, Puerto Rican, LGBTQ youth advocate, speaks on her experiences and the importance of prioritizing joy in QTPOC communities.
- Black Queer and Trans Excellence: Pride Toronto’s Black Queer and Trans Excellence podcast is a space to honor and celebrate the Black experience through the lens of Toronto’s LGBT2Q+ Black community with honest conversations and embracing Black joy.
- Cove Corner: A political, witty podcast bringing BIPOC women to the center of every conversation.
- Dear Jessamyn: Real, raw, and rarely sugar-coated, Dear Jessamyn offers relationship, sex, and lifestyle advice to anyone living and loving outside the box.
- Body Liberation for All: Decolonized wellness and body image Coach Dalia Kinsey, RD, LD shares healing tools tailored for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+.
- Farms Run by Queer and BIPOC People Are Sites of Community and Strength: An article brought to you by Teen Vogue.
- In 2020, Black Trans People Confronted Trauma in Real Time: An article about nonprofits stepping up to give Black trans people what they need.
- Therapy is Political. It’s High Time Therapists Acknowledge This: An article from Talkspace that amplifies PoC doing mental health and social work within their communities.
- Coming Out: Living Authentically as Black LGBTQ People: A guide that recognizes the unique experiences Black LGBTQ people have in coming out while understanding that coming out is a personal choice and the lifelong coming out experience is different for everyone.
- 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 Talks with speaker Kimberlé Crenshaw.
- Outfest: The YouTube Channel was founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen.
- QTBIPOC Poetry & Storytelling: When the Chant Comes Anniversary Video
- Inhale/Exhale: Dr. Sarika Persaud reads from ‘Poems About a Song’ and shares her experiences with writing about romance and sexuality as a queer Indo-Caribbean woman.
Social Media Follows
- Served Up and Sober: A space of holistic healing and support for women of color who are sober and sober curious.
- Sans Bar: Chris Marshall is a mental health advocate who openly shares his experiences with generalized anxiety, depression, and self-harm. He owns Sans Bar, a sober bar based in Austin, Texas that tours across the US hosting alcohol-free pop-up events.
- Sober Black Girls Club: A platform providing support to Black folks considering beautiful sober lives. They offer regular meetings and other resources.
- Speqtrum Hamilton: A Canada-based, youth-founded, and youth-focused community for 2SLGBTQIA+ folks aged 17-29 that has created a virtual community.
- Paper Street Press: A QTBIPOC and disabled BIPOC centered Artist zine press and distro based in Detroit, MI.
- Blk Boy Shine: Queer artist Darryl DeAngelo Terrell uses his platform and works of art to amplify the voices of QTBIPOC.
- Minaa B: A therapist and wellness coach using her platform to educate the public on self-care and mental health.