Sexual diversity counseling strives to be an affirming and supportive for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQQI) and others who identify along the spectra of gender and sexual diversities. We believe that everyone deserves to feel safe, respected, and understood and we choose to celebrate the many ways in which we can understand and express ourselves. We recognize that the difficulties faced by LGBTQQI peoples can be painful and isolating.
Gender and sexual diversity therapy supports clients who are experiencing distress in life or relationships and identify within this spectrum - or clients whose problems may revolve around gender, sexual orientation or sexual diversity, and regards these identities as equal in every respect to heterosexuality or monogamy.
Counselors are as diverse as the clients they serve, meaning the values of the counselor may not always align with the values of the client. Some may think that counselors with conservative beliefs against same-sex orientation should not provide counseling to that population. Others may think that those same counselors should be obligated to affirm same-sex orientation. Then there are some counselors who, because they can't affirm same-sex orientation, feel they should not provide counseling services to sexual minorities.
Guidelines for Sexual Diversity Counselors:
*Adapted from ct.counseling.org
If you are going through issues, you don't have to do it alone. You can reach out to supportive people and LGBT-friendly organizations. You may also find that counseling can be a positive tool in facing issues related to your LGBT identity by helping you develop new understanding, self-acceptance, and problem solving skills.
The original rainbow flag, called the Freedom Flag, was devised by Gilbert Baker in 1978. The design has undergone several revisions since its debut with 8 colored stripes, and today the most common variant consists of 6 stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Picture of Gilbert Baker's original Freedom Flag showing the meaning of the 8 colors.
LGBT Awareness & Events
List of important LGBT awareness dates and coming sexual diversity events.