Homophobia puts the LGBTQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, two-spirited) community at higher risk for depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and phobic disorders, suicidal thoughts and acts, self-harm, isolation, job insecurity, homelessness, and alcohol and drug dependence. 

How do we improve the lives of our LGBTQ2S family and friends?   

Love your Loved Ones:

Family acceptance results in good mental and physical health. 

Support your Colleagues:

Support from friends, supportive workplaces, and neighbourhoods counters internalized homophobia (the acceptance of negative stereotypes) and, therefore, contributes to higher self-esteem. 

Connect to Community: 

When LGBTQ2S people, and their family and friends, identify as being part of the LGBTQ2S community, they no longer feel alone. The connection to a supportive community significantly reduces internalized homophobia. 

Check out these recommended books and movies; all are available online or for curbside collection and are completely for free with your Brampton Library Card: 

Unconditional: A guide to loving and supporting your LGBTQ child by Telaina Erikson. Erikson provides parents with the framework for helping their LGBTQ child navigate the world. 

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib. Habib wrestles with her faith and her family, comes to terms with her sexuality while traveling in Tokyo, and finds her true self in a queer-friendly mosque in Toronto. The book, like the title, is a rallying cry to find the power and pride in being your true self. 

The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes. A graphic memoir that is full of hope and the joy that comes from becoming your true self. 

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan. This book was sparked by Boylan’s blog - which went viral when she wrote the evolution of her gender identity in a unique way - via the dogs she’s loved throughout her life. 

Wow, No Thank You.: Essays by Samantha Irby. The self-deprecating, and hilarious essayist, examines the most cringeworthy particulars of her own life, from the panic of being without a smartphone to "lesbian bed death." 

Here for It by R. Eric Thomas. If you enjoy David Sedaris’ writing - how it offers both hilarity and cultural criticism - then you’ll love this book. Thomas, a columnist for Elle, reveals both the danger and the humour of being a queer person of colour in Trump’s America. 

 

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. Just published in 2019, this poetic novel is already considered a masterpiece. The book is written as a letter from a son, Little Dog, to his mother - who cannot read. He uncovers family history that began in Vietnam before he was born. He makes connections between his mother’s life and his own, including a bittersweet love story. Beautifully written and full of insight. 

Real Life: A Novel by Brandon Taylor. One of the most anticipated releases of the year, Taylor’s debut novel provides a window into what it is like to be Black and LGBTQ2S in the Midwest. 

You can also check out our Pride Book List for more recommendations. 



Source:

https://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/RHO_FactSheet_LGBTQMENTALHEALTH_E.pdf

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