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We all have to interact with other people. How someone interacts with other people or institutions and how they in response react to the individual will impact upon that person's social health. If someone doesn't conform to accepted societal morals and norms this interaction can sometimes be difficult.

Some causes of poor social health in LGBT people

Homophobia

People who have a fear or dislike of homosexuals


Transphobia

People who have a fear or dislike of transgender people


Biphobia

People who have a fear or dislike of bisexual people or don't believe that bisexual people exist


Hate crimes

Hate crime is any incident perceived to have been committed against any person or property on the grounds of a particular person's sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or disability.


Bereavement

Unhappiness caused by the death of a close relation or friend


Bullying

To hurt or frighten someone who is less powerful than you, often forcing them to do something they do not want to do


Availablity of social spaces

If places for people to meet and talk to like minded people are not available to everyone


Discrimination

Feeling that there is a lack of equility with heterosexuals in a varity of issues such as legal rights and the feeling that LGBT people are treated less favourably


Shyness / Social anxiety

Fear of social situations can casue people to avoid then leading to social isolation


Relationship breakdown

Can have a simmilar as bereavement to some people


 

Possible effects of poor social health

Social exclusion or isolation

People who are isolated due to having no other like minded people in their lives feel very lonely


Gender identity issues

People who are having difficulty knowing what gender they feel they should be


Relationship problems

People who want advice with how their relationship with their partners is going


Same sex domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can be psychological, sexual, financial, emotional or physical. It is all about subjecting somebody to these forms of abuse in order to gain power and control over them


Sexual confusion

People who are having difficulty identifying their sexual orientation


Difficulty coming out

Advice on how to tell other people about your sexuality or gender identity


Substance abuse

Overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substances such as alcohol or drugs


Risk taking behaviour

People who do very dangerous things as a cry for help. For example having unprotected sex with someone they know is HIV positive


Mental health issues

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