A list of mental health resources for queer people

QSome people often struggle with suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, abandonment, and loss of family. As if any of these issues weren’t problematic enough, government funding for nonprofits addressing mental health issues has declined significantly over the past few decades. And their model doesn’t deal with long-term services either. (For example, we need to draw attention to funding for police departments, as these funds can be allocated to social services, mental health facilities and sensitivity training. LGBTQ people need these services more than outright police patrols, which result in non-violent arrests. .)

I have struggled with all of the mental health issues I listed above at one time or another in my life. And the past two years haven’t made surviving through them any easier, either. We are a social group; many of us were born and raised in bars and nightclubs; these places have always been our refuges. When COVID-19 hit and we were forced into isolation, it became even clearer to me just how important those familiar, yet unfamiliar faces, air kisses, innocent looks, and anonymous sex were.

Some of us have thrived and set goals that promised a healthier lifestyle. Some of us got lost. As the mother of many people in San Francisco, I was blessed to be the pillow many had to lay their heads on.

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