Traditionally, our society considers male and female identities essential for every being but it is necessary to give space and freedom to everyone so that they can live according to their choices. Recent discussions about the LGBTQ+ community is beneficial for everyone as it can help us to provide a safe space for people to be who they are. The term ‘Queer’ is used to describe that sexuality and gender affiliations that are not limited to male and female. Sexuality is a wide spectrum that should be discussed for the development of society. Therapies are required for the people belonging to the LGBTQ+ community so that they can focus on their mental health and live all the beautiful experiences of life as the stigma that surrounds the notion of various gender identities and sexual orientations is very staunch and a little help can always go a long way.
Queer affirmative therapy is defined as a practice that can help the people belonging to the transgender, gay, lesbian and including other aspects of the LGBTQ+ community to accept their identities and form a positive opinion or view for it. Additionally, it can also discuss the impact of heteronormativity, transphobia and homophobia on the people identifying themselves as a part of the community. This therapy is required because people belonging to the LGBTQ+ community are marginalised. In countries like India where they are mostly not accepted by society, it becomes difficult for them to accept their identities and live according to their choice.
The term ‘Affirmative’ is used because these practices try to affirm the different experiences of people. Queer affirmative therapy tries to create a safe space for people to work on their fears and practise activities that can help them to accept themselves.
Many people are coming out of the closet but still, there is a long way to go because there is a fear of rejection among people. In India, a large part of the community is hidden because as a society we lack to provide safe space for them and we are not aware of their situations. People who have identified themselves or are involved in the process of finding themselves must take care of their physical and emotional well being. Queer affirmative therapy helps you to discuss your situations with like-minded people and feel accepted for being who you are are and want to be.
If you are looking for a therapist or an organisation you can follow the suggestions given below:
- You can search for some LGBT support groups on various social media platforms.
- You can find and get in touch with some local LGBT communities and can ask for their recommendations or suggestions.
- When you are looking for a therapist you should make sure that they can answer your questions related to the community and are open to discussions instead of being judgmental and conservative.
- Try and find certified queer affirmative therapists in your area or city.
Queer affirmative therapy matters because people belonging to the LGBTQ+ community are facing problems due to certain specific rules and norms made by society that are age-old. This can affect their mental health and well being so it is necessary that a safe space is created for them where they are allowed to focus on their individuality, and celebrate and accept themselves for who they are. You should try to contact people or therapist for queer affirmative therapy who are open to the discussions, are able to understand situations and the community.
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