The Latinx LGBT+ Community: The Consequences of Intersectionality
Stress is a common factor in our society that affects and impacts us daily. For marginalized communities, the stress factor increases. For decades, the LGBT+ community has been marginalized and stigmatized by the State. For Latinxs being part of an ethnic minority increases the stress factor. This curriculum discusses the Minority Stress Model as it describes the excessive stress to which individuals of stigmatized social categories are exposed because of their social position and its impact on mental health. Furthermore, the presenter will address how Latinx cultural values can shape the coping mechanisms to manage these stressors.
The curriculum discusses the LGBTQ+ Affirmative Model as a recommended approach to working with Latinx LGBTQ+ communities with mental health challenges. This model works with the acceptance of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression of the person served and requires that mental health professionals have the knowledge and sensitivity necessary to work with the community.
1. Identify stressors among LGBTQ+ Latinx communities
2. Describe the Minority Stress Model and mental health challenges among LGBTQ+ Latinx
3. Discuss the LGBTQ+ Affirmative Model as a recommended approach for Latinx LGBTQ+ individuals and communities
Participation at the 2022 NLPA Conference in Dever, Colorado.