Lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex (LGBTI), and bodily, gender and sexually diverse people
beyondblue celebrates the strength, resilience and diversity of LGBTI communities. We believe that the recognition that marriage equality is an issue of equity was an important step towards improving the mental health of LGBTI people. beyondblue is proud to celebrate diversity and to have stood up for equality in our community.
We continue to advocate for non-discriminating communities, systems, policies and institutions, because we know discrimination can lead to mental health conditions and suicide. Marriage equality isn’t the end of the journey for LGBTI communities – so we’re going to keep advocating for change.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender and gender diverse people are much more likely to experience depression and anxiety than the broader population. They are also at a greater risk of suicide and self-harm.
Among LGBTI populations, research clearly indicates that discrimination, abuse (both verbal and physical), exclusion and prejudice are key contributors to the increased rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm.1
Why should I be made to feel like crap for just being who I am?
Because of the things people say and do, LGBTI people are far more likely to experience depression and anxiety. Annaliese, Gina, Marlee, Rob, Sally and Shane share their stories of being treated differently and how they have overcome depression and/or anxiety. You can watch their stories at the top of this page, or visit our Stop. Think. Respect. page to find out more about our campaign.