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Here’s How to Help Black LGBTQ People Get Mental Health Care

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Black LGBTQ people face discrimination and marginalization on at least two fronts—because of their skin color and because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

For Black Americans, systemic racism limits access to everything from quality food to housing to education. Being LGBTQ compounds the issues Black Americans face, making it even harder to get access to resources like mental health care.

Black LGBTQ youth, for example, are just as likely to report mental health issues like depression and suicidal thoughts as the general LGBTQ population. Yet they’re less likely to get the care they need.

LGBTQ people of color are also twice as likely as white LGBTQ people to say they have been personally discriminated against when applying for jobs and when interacting with the police.

Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care