LGBT is broadly defined as an individual with a diversity of sexuality and gender identity. LGBT is an initial that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. Another two letters were included where letter “Q” stands for "Queer" or "Questioning" and letter “I” represents “intersex”. Sexual minorities are often named as LGBTQI or LGBT+ where “+” emphasis on the spectrums of gender identity and sexual orientation. Beside of your biological sex, gender identity is the gender you preferred and sexual orientation implies your preferences for relationship. As against traditional culture and religion value, sexual minorities are being discriminated and attacked constantly. Their sexual preference was viewed as mental illness and deviance which required forced treatment and violence from professionals and family members to rectify their choices (Almeida, 2009). LGBT members receive unequal rights and treatment in terms of education, employment and other rights due to prejudice of general public and the society ( 林祖偉 , 2018 ; 法政匯思 , 2018 ). LGBT social movements is emerging around the word in the hope of advocating equality of LGBT and LGBT-friendly society. With the constant development of LGBT culture and community, the outcome of LGBT social movement is becoming significant (Fredriksen-Goldsen, 2014). For example, homosexual is no longer classified as crime or mental illnesses. Also, law protection against discrimination were launched and exercised in various countries to ensure LGBT members receive equal rights and treatment. In some countries, same sex marriage is being recognized and these same-sex families earn equal rights to adopt children as other heterosexual families (Thoreson, 2014).
Simon Spier, a seventeen-year old boy, was fallen in love online with an anonymous classmate, he started to resolving issues about his sexual oritentation to his family and friends as well as finding out the anonymous classmate. CITATION
Lee, A. (2005). Brokeback Mountain.
This is about a story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar are hired as sheep herders in Wyoming. One night on Brokeback Mountain, Jack makes a drunken pass at Ennis that is eventually reciprocated. Though they get married with someone else, they kept up their tortured and sporadic affair over the course of 20 years. CITATION
Almeida, J. et al. (2009). Emotional distress among LGBT youth: The influence of perceived discrimination based on sexual orientation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(7), 1001–1014.
The study evaluated emotional distress among 9th-12th grade students, and examined whether the association between being lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgendered (i.e., "LGBT") and emotional distress was mediated by perceptions of having been treated badly or discriminated against because others thought they were gay or lesbian. Resutls showed that perceived discrimination accounted for increased depressive symptomatology among LGBT males and females, and accounted for an elevated risk of self-harm and suicidal ideation among LGBT males. Perceived discrimination is a likely contributor to emotional distress among LGBT youth. CITATION
DeHaan, S. et al. (2013). The interplay between online and offline explorations of identity, relationships, and sex: A mixed-methods study with LGBT youth. Journal of Sex Research, 50(5), 421–434.
Although many LGBT members evaluated online sexual health resources with caution, they frequently used the Internet to compensate for perceived limitations in offline resources and relationships. Some of them turned to the Internet to find friends and romantic partners, citing the relative difficulty of establishing offline contact with LGBT peers. Further, they perceived the Internet as an efficient way to discover offline LGBT events and services relevant to sexual health. The study suggested that LGBT youth are motivated to fill gaps in their offline sexual health resources (e.g., books and personal communications) with online information. The Internet is a setting that can be harnessed to provide support for the successful development of sexual health. CITATION
Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I. et al. (2014). Creating a vision for the future: Key competencies and strategies for culturally competent practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults in the health and human services. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57(2-4), 80–107.
Sexual orientation and gender identity are not commonly addressed in health and human service delivery, or in educational degree programs. This article outlines 10 core competencies and aligns them with specific strategies to improve professional practice and service development to promote the well-being of LGBT older adults and their families. The articulation of key competencies is needed to provide a blueprint for action for addressing the growing needs of LGBT older adults, their families, and their communities. CITATION
Haas, A. P. et al. (2010). Suicide and suicide risk in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations: Review and recommendations. Journal of Homosexuality, 58(1), 10–51.
This article aims to investigate the suicidal behaviors and risk among LGBT+ members in the hope of suggesting better prevention and interventions as well as policy advocacy. Besides of providing a profile of completed suicides, attempted suicide and risk of suicide, mental health is the highest factor while stressors and triggers can be sense of rejection and isolation, experience in hostile and embarrassment as well as unequal treatments due to individual and institutional discrimination. Preventive programs and intervention should focus on connectedness of family and sexual minority community, building sexual identity positively and most importantly, enhance their social and psychological well-being. CITATION
Israel, T. et al. (2008). Therapists’ helpful and unhelpful situations with LGBT clients: An exploratory study. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39(3), 361–368.
The purpose of this exploratory study was to identify a broad range of variables that characterize psychotherapists' perceptions of helpful and unhelpful therapy experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. The study suggested that a wide range of variables, including the therapeutic relationship, therapist response to the client's sexual orientation/gender identity, type of presenting concern, and the therapy environment, may affect the therapy experiences of this population. Authors also suggested that factors such as ethnicity, gender identity, therapy needs, and socioeconomic status should be considered when providing mental health services to this population. CITATION
Mayer, K. H. M. D. et al. (2008). Sexual and gender minority health: what we know and what needs to be done. American Journal of Public Health, 98(6), 989–995.
This study focusses on the healthcare needs of sexual minorities to enhance research and clinical outcome. Besides of prevention and interventions on HIV and sexual transmitted infection, more LGBT+ friendly programs should be tailored to address their lifestyle, particularly on smoking and use of drug. For healthcare professionals, it is important to gain better sensitivity on LGBT+ from training to gain readiness to meet the needs of LGBT+ and minimize disparities and barriers. CITATION
Goldberg, A. E. & Allen, K. R. (2013). LGBT-parent families: Innovations in research and implications for practice.
This handbook provides a comprehensive, astute, and accessible view of LGBT-parent families. With contributions from an interdisciplinary and international group of leading scholars, this book covers varies contemporary topic concerning LGBT families, including transgender parenting and LGBTQ youth with LGBTQ parents. It covers both major and less-studied areas of research, exploring clinical, methodological, policy, and advocacy issues alongside the contexts in which parents practice their craft and children experience their world. CITATION
Gerald P. Mallon. (2008). Social work practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
This book updates classic text that has expanded its scope to include new content on practice with bisexual and transgender populations—and incorporated this content throughout. It provides a knowledge base of practice that will better prepare students and practitioners for working sensitively, competently, and effectively with LGBT individuals. The book covers content on LGBT populations as articulated by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). It discusses the pragmatic aspects of social work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. It will improve and reinforce competent practice with LGBT persons and their families in multiple settings. CITATION
Thoreson, R. R. (2014). Transnational LGBT activism: Working for sexual rights worldwide.
This book investigates how The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)’s early campaigns and highlights decisive shifts in the organization’s work from its founding to the present day. This book provides insight into why activists have framed particular demands in specific ways and how intergovernmental advocacy shapes the claims that activists ultimately make. The result is a uniquely balanced, empirical response to previous impressionistic and reductive critiques of Western human rights activists—and a clarifying perspective on the nature and practice of global human rights advocacy. CITATION