His Holiness the Dalai Lama has come out in support of LGBT people, stating that same-sex relationships and marriages are a personal matter & “ok”. The Dalai Lama went on to condemned bullying of LGBT people; “That is wrong,” His Holiness stressed. “That’s a violation of human rights.”
In a landmark decision for Lebanon’s LGBTQ community, a court in Beirut ruled that same-sex relations are not “contradicting the laws of nature” and therefore are not a crime.
Recently Lebanon has been moving forward & starting to accept LGBT people & their rights. It’s a slow march, but it’s gaining momentum. Just last year the Lebanese Psychiatric Society issued guidance saying that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not warrant treatment, going as far as to state that “conversion therapy” has no scientific backing.
Sometimes it is very hard for LGBTQ people to find the mental help they need. Often, especially in the south, a therapist’s religious beliefs can affect the quality of help &/or the comfort level between patent & mental healthcare provider. The Secular Therapist Project is working to create a country wide list of nonreligious mental healthcare providers. The system works through a short noninvasive questionnaire that gives a basic idea of the patients situation, then searches the directory for local mental healthcare providers that match the patients needs.
Cool but some lgbt+ ppl are religious so how does this help?
You’re right many LGBT people have some sort of faith or religious background. However, not all do. And even some that are religious have problems being accepted by other religions &/or faith-minded caregivers, even if they are of the same spiritual belief. This is but 1 resource. I posted it as a means to help those who are freethinkers or who have had issues in the past regarding religion and their personal gender or sexual status. Because of the wide diversity of not just religious backgrounds, but over all conditions, life styles, gender identities, sexualities, relationship status, age, level of support, personal beliefs, hardships, and general backgrounds in the LGBT communities not every recourse I post will apply to all people. This is an option, a tool for some to help them get what they personally need.
The attorney general in Illinois announced that clerks around the state can start immediately issuing licenses for gay couples to marry, despite a law that says the ceremonies shouldn’t go forth until June.