Sometimes it’s very difficult to share your question about sexual health and sexual behaviors to your doctor knowing they know all your family and might share your intimate life with them. Your doctor should not view being homosexual as a problem.
Your care should be specifically tailored toward your lifestyle and should be taken just as seriously as the care of your doctor’s straight patients. If you are not comfortable coming out to your doctor or their reception to your sexuality isn’t comprehensive, you should seek a medical professional in a more gay-affirmative environment.

 

In this map it is possible to localize LGBT friendly doctors (general doctors, gynecologists, andrologists, psychologists) in Beirut.

 


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Going to MARSA you will receive sexual health care in complete confidentiality and anonymity and you will have the chance a variety of doctors able to answer to any of your questions.

All medical consultation regarding STIS and related issues have subsidized prices. 

Coming out of the closet for LGBT people in general is not very easy. Especially when it comes to dealing with your family, friends and society a psychologist opinion can come in very handy.

At MARSA you will receive a Psychologist and Social counseling and follow up for free. This also applies for people living with HIV.

 

1. Are LGBT Youth Disproportionately Affected By Mental Health Issues?


Discrimination and violence put LGBT youth in particularly vulnerable positions with respect to mental health and suicide.
Research shows that LGBT youth are still slightly more likely to report a suicide attempt than heterosexual youth, however, closer analysis revealed that half of the attempts by LGBT youth were suicidal ideation rather than a concrete act to end life. The researcher believes these reported attempts are a way that LGBT youth communicate the hardships of their lives.

More recent research published in the American Psychologist also concludes that high rates of “major depression, generalized anxiety disorder and substance use or dependence” persist in lesbian and gay youth.

2. Is homosexuality a mental disorder?

 

No, lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientations are not disorders. Research has found no inherent association between any of these sexual orientations and psychopathology. Both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Both have been documented in many different cultures and historical eras. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual relationships are normal forms of human bonding.

3.What is “coming out” and why is it important?

 

The phrase “coming out” is used to refer to several aspects of lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons’ experiences: self-awareness of same-sex attractions; the telling of one or a few people about these attractions; widespread disclosure of same-sex attractions; and identification with the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community. Many people hesitate to come out because of the risks of meeting prejudice and discrimination. Some choose to keep their identity a secret; some choose to come out in limited circumstances; some decide to come out in very public ways. Coming out is often an important psychological step for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.

Research has shown that feeling positively about one’s sexual orientation and integrating it into one’s life fosters greater well-being and mental health. Being able to discuss one’s sexual orientation with others also increases the availability of social support, which is crucial to mental health and psychological well-being.

Like heterosexuals, lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trasngender people benefit from being able to share their lives with and receive support from family, friends, and acquaintances.

4. Can lesbians and gay men be good parents?

 

Many lesbians and gay men are parents; others wish to be parents. Although comparable data are not available, many single lesbians and gay men are also parents, and many same-sex couples are part-time parents to children whose primary residence is elsewhere.
As the social visibility and legal status of lesbian and gay parents have increased in the world, some people have raised concerns about the well-being of children in these families. Most of these questions are based on negative stereotypes about lesbians and gay men. The majority of research on this topic asks whether children raised by lesbian and gay parents are at a disadvantage when compared to children raised by heterosexual parents.
Overall, the research indicates that the children of lesbian and gay parents do not differ markedly from the children of heterosexual parents in their development, adjustment, or overall well-being.

 

Now it’s your turn of asking a specific question you would like to address to a doctor.

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