What We Do

LGBTQ Challenges

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) students at USF encounter the same struggles as other students but also manage the stress of navigating in a world that isn't fully accepting of people who are not heterosexual and cisgendered.

Given negative messages in society, you might worry about what impact your sexual/gender minority status will have on your career path, religious beliefs, health, family, and friends.    Examples of related stressors include:

  • Finding or building a supportive communitysafe zone
  • The coming out process
  • Understanding your identity
  • Worrying about others' reactions to coming out or changes in your relationship status
  • Tension in family relationships
  • Finding and engaging with romantic and sexual partners
  • Discrimination and internalized oppression
  • Loneliness or isolation
  • Unhealthy coping strategies

Our clinicians strive to be a resource for LGBTQ students to discuss these and other concerns in a safe and affirming environment.

If you identify with these or any other concerns, we encourage you to contact us to make an appointment.