4.5% of adults in the US identify as LGBTQIA+ as of 2017. 39% of those people suffer from mental health issues – that is 5.8 million people. It is really important to know that identifying as LGBTQIA+ is NOT a mental illness or disorder. Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity. People who identify differently than the majority of the population fall under the term LGBTQIA+. Although being LGBTQIA+ is absolutely not a mental illness, more LGBTQIA+ people experience mental health problems than their “straight” counterparts. This is mostly due to the shame, fear, discimination, and traumatic events they have to face due to how they identify. Discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Many people who identify as LGBTQIA+ are also part of other marginalized communities. This adds the potential for xenophobia, racism, ableism, ageism, sexism, and much more to homophobia or transphobia they already have to face.
In this time of social distancing and increased reliance on technology, how can we create real change for problems we care about? There are many ways to take action, and Generation Z is always finding new ways to do so in times of uncertainty. Some of these methods including signing petitions, donating, and posting on social media, will all be discussed throughout this article. However, it should be noted that some methods are more effective than others.
In this article, I will talk about three main types of activism – performative activism, passive activism, and real activism – as well as analyse which is the most effective. It is important to respond appropriately to issues we care about, and ensure that our actions contribute to positive change and progression.
Gen-Z is a generation that is utterly obsessed with our phones and screens. We are a part of a generation that was born into the unknown and pushed into the abyss of the internet. Our developing years were spent having to choose between living in the moment and getting lost in our technology. We turned out fine though, right?
Article by Isabel Rodriguez Have you ever felt that your achievements are just luck? Do you often wonder if your accomplishments are truly meant for you? Well, you are not alone. Despite not being listed in the official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Imposter Syndrome is very real. The reality of imposter syndromeContinue reading “IMPOSTER SYNDROME: An Intersectional Approach”
There are strong connections between toxic relationships and the way we view our bodies. Whether it be a friendship, relationship, or more, frequent interactions with toxic people around us can send our self-esteem spiraling. Read real stories about toxic relationships that make us view our bodies differently, and learn how to cope with these negative perceptions of yourself.