Hi, I have something to say. I am a bisexual girl and people always criticize me. My counselor does it too, but I don’t want to confront her about it. She always says some really rude things about the LGBTQ+ community. I think it’s disrespectful. I’m on a zoom call with her and she’s talking about LGBTQ+ community again should I confront her?
- Thank you for sharing your story with the TeenCentral Community. It can be frustrating when others in your life make disrespectful or rude comments towards you or your community. Thank you for reaching out to TeenCentral and sharing your story.
- Check out a blog titled LGBTQ Respect: Be an Ally! under the What’s New tab. This blog provides some information on how to be an ally for the LGBTQ community. It may even be something that you can share with your counselor.
- Do you have someone you trust to talk to? A close friend or an adult in your life? Talking about your feelings surrounding your sexuality and how your counselor makes you feel when she makes rude or disrespectful comments may be helpful.
- Journaling is a great way to express your feelings. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can also help you express how you have been feeling to others. Have you thought about the possibility that your counselor may not be the best match for you? Talk to a trusted adult about how you feel when your counselor makes rude or disrespectful comments about the LGTBQ community. Or when your counselor is criticizing you. Journaling could also assist you in sharing your feelings with your counselor should you decide to confront her about your feelings.
- Be sure to practice self-care during times of frustration or stress. Do you enjoy art, yoga/relaxation, or exercise? There are many ideas for you to explore under the Tools tab. Giving yourself outlets to release tension is important. Do something daily to help yourself feel calm and happy.
- During this time, if you need additional support you can reach out to the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender National Help Center by calling 1 800-246-PRIDE (7743) or by visiting http://www.glbthotline.org/youth-talkline.html