A therapeutic relationship is a real relationship that requires thoughtful consideration.Mental health is finally being taken more seriously. Around 42.5 million Americans have a mental illness, and LGBTQ+ people are 3 times more likely to experience a mental illness, such as depression or general anxiety disorder. With mental illness being such a prominent issue in the QTPOC community, many people are turning to therapists for support through depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders. Going to therapy can be a rewarding, fulfilling experience whether you have been diagnosed with a mental illness or not. Actually looking for and choosing a therapist can be anxiety inducing. A therapeutic relationship is a real relationship that requires thoughtful consideration. After all, you will be revealing intimate details about your life with this person. There are several factors to consider, and it’s completely normal to speak with a few therapists before you find your right fit. And as you grow and go through different stages in life, you might need a new therapist to help you reach new life goals. If you’re just starting out on the journey of finding a therapist, use this list as a guide for things to consider and questions to ask yourself.
There are thousands of Black trans women who, if given the right resources, could have really educated us about the plight, successes and experiences of trans women of color.By Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins Last Wednesday Netflix released the documentary directed by David France, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. While the initial release was met with positive reception, the film’s validity was questioned upon learning that Reina Gossett, a trans woman of color and filmmaker, stated that the concept for the film was stolen from her. As a result many queer/trans people of color have been left wondering: Why are white, queer men so interested in telling the stories of trans Black people? https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ7byULA9KA/ In a statement put out by France, he states that he felt for years that because of his connection to both Marsha and Sylvia, that he should be the one to tell the story around Marsha’s death. But the stories of the lives of queer and trans people of color are often columbused and the stories are often told from a lens that rarely captures the full picture of what it means to be marginalized. It is not uncommon for QTPOC to have their stories stolen from them. It is not uncommon for white cisgender individuals to offer up their platform to supposedly assist QTPOC with telling their stories only for pivotal pieces of said story to be left out. This is not the first time that a white director profited off of Marsha P. Johnson’s story. We saw this happen in 2015, when the film Stonewall was released by Roland Emmerich. Not only did the film leave out important moments related to the original story, it centered a cisgender white man and erased the actions of both Johnson and Rivera, as well as other QTPOC. In the beginning 2017, the same thing happened when writer and producer Dustin Lance Black released his work entitled, When We Rise, a television docudrama about LGBTQ rights.
Blogger and QTPOC rights activist Juniper Cordova-Goff may be young, but she is not new to the scene. "There is power to a brown trans femme finding her voice," Cordova-Goff says on her website. Name: Juniper Xiomara Cordova-Goff Age: 19 Location:
June 12, 2016. In Orlando, Florida, a mass murder (one of the worst in modern American history) took place at Pulse, a LGBTQ+ club, during its Latinx Night. Many QTPoC lives were lost. All of a sudden, people that wouldn't dare check up