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Queer people and trauma

Updated: May 1, 2022

Living life as a queer person is undoubtedly full of challenges, queer people face an almost constant barrage of discrimination and negativity. Research has shown that queer youth face a much higher risk of being exposed to traumatic events than non-queer youth. Further to this some research has suggested that as much as 68% of queer youth may be exposed to some form of traumatic event before the age of 16. However, it is not all bad news, studies also show that positive role models, strong support networks and professional help can all help to lessen the effect of trauma on queer youth.

It’s not just queer youth that are risk either, queer adults have also been shown to have a much higher risk factor of being exposed to trauma than other members of the general community. A lot of this trauma is directly related to the discrimination queer people face daily and is linked to the development of potential complex trauma.

Complex trauma in queer people can often manifest as internalised homophobia, as well as substance abuse issues, anxiety, depression, and other forms mental health related issues. The most effective way of combating complex trauma in the queer community is engaging in therapeutic counselling aimed at breaking down the negative reinforcements established through the pervasive anti-queer discrimination and helping to build self-esteem and re-establish positive reinforcement.

If you believe you have been impacted by trauma as a queer person download the free questionnaire about signs and symptoms of trauma or you can book a free 15 minute consultation and we can discuss how to move through your trauma and reclaim your authentic self.



The Queer Persons Trauma Questionnaire
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