Episode 6: BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ Mental Health
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
The final episode shines the spotlight on the mental health of the LGBTQ2S+ community. According to Rainbow Health Ontario, LGBTQ2S+ people experience stigma and discrimination, and this stigma can have a variety of negative consequences throughout the life span. Large Canadian studies indicate that LGBTQ2S+ people are more likely than heterosexuals to report unmet mental health needs and were more likely to consult mental health practitioners. To help better understand some of the community’s experiences, three guests share their journey and insights on this episode. Prabhjot Seehra grew up in a traditional South-Asian family and had to navigate his sexual identity as a gay man within traditional family structures. Preity Kumar who also grew up in a traditional Indo-Guyanese community shares the impact of her coming out as a queer woman on some of the most important relationships in her life. 20-year old Levi Nahirney, who knows what its like to navigate many identities growing up after being adopted from Vietnam along with his twin sister and then coming out to his family as transgender when he was just 13. Finally, queer identified psychotherapist, Tenniel Brown, joins the podcast to talk about the mental health impacts of experiencing multiple forms of marginalization and what we need to do to be better allies to the community.