Stigma & LGBTQ Populations

Prejudice, Social Stress, and Mental Health in Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Populations: Conceptual Issues and Research Evidence

Meyer, I.H. Psychological Bulletin, 129(5), 674-697, 2003.
This article explains that stigma, prejudice, and discrimination toward the LGB populations create a hostile and stressful social environment that causes higher mental health problems for them compared to heterosexual populations. Read article here.


Adolescent Sexual Orientation and Suicide Risk: Evidence From a National Study

Russel, ST, and Joyner, K. American Journal of Public Health, 91(8):1276-1281, 2001.
This study looks at risk factors of suicide risk, including depression, hopelessness, alcohol abuse, recent suicide attempts by a peer or a family member, and experiences of victimization and adolescent sexual orientation. Read article here.


Transgender Identity and HIV: Resilience in the Face of Stigma

Bockting, W.O. Focus: A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling, 23(2), 2008. This article explores key aspects of oppression to people who are transgender – including invisibility, economic hardship, stigma, and isolation – that make transgender people especially vulnerable to HIV infection and transmission. Read article here.


Stigma, Mental Health, and Resilience in an Online Sample of the US Transgender Population

Bockting, W.O.; Miner, M.H.; Swinburne Romine, R.E.; Hamilton, A.; and Coleman, E.  American Journal of Public Health, 103(5)943-951, 2013.
In this study researchers assessed the association between minority stress, mental health, and potential ameliorating factors in a large, community-based, geographically diverse sample of the US transgender population. Read abstract here.