LGBTQ/Queer Issues

Laura A. Jacobs, psychotherapist, psychotherapy, therapy, public speaker, public speaking, writing, activist, LGBTQ, transgender, transsexual, transexual, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, gay, lesbian, BDSM, kink, gender, sexuality, HIV, AIDS, polyamory, poly, counseling, bereavement, grief

LGBTQ/Queer Issues


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, queer...

I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.
— The Dalai Lama

We live in an era of great change.   LGBTQ people are receiving unprecedented visibility and respect in some regions, yet we know that our daily experience can still be fraught with adversity.

LGBTQ individuals are not immune to the same stressors faced by everyone else: the challenges of interpersonal and romantic relationships, complex family dynamics, financial strains, employment demands, feelings of powerlessness, feelings of hopelessness, unwanted aloneness.  Even so, our community suffers much higher rates of abuse, trauma, alcohol and substance use, depression, HIV/AIDS, marginalization, and incarceration.

There are no pronouns in the English language as complex as I am, and I do not want to simplify myself in order to neatly fit one or the other.
— Leslie Feinberg

Our identities are multifaceted, sometimes fluid, and not always easily accepted or understood by those outside our community. Even today we still face stigma.  We still suffer discrimination. We still suffer violence.

But we still strive for happiness.

Whatever your LGBTQ identity and lifestyle, our mission together will be to make it the most joyful, vibrant, and fulfilling life possible.

Gay Pride Parade, NYC, 2012.  Copyright Laura A. Jacobs

Gay Pride Parade, NYC, 2012.  Copyright Laura A. Jacobs