LGBT relationships can be wonderful. A recent University of Michigan School of Public Health article found that teens in an LGBT relationship can result in decreased internalized homophobia (lack of acceptance for one’s own LGBT identity) and increased self-esteem.
Three keys to a healthy relationship
- Call your local domestic violence shelter. Ask them about LGBT issues and related services. If you are not happy with their response, ask them for a referral to a larger, perhaps more LGBT-inclusive shelter.
- Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) to speak with someone from the National Domestic Abuse Hotline. This is a toll-free number and there are interpreters on call for 139 different languages. The person you speak to can help connect you to local shelters and resources.
- Call someone you trust, a local LGBT community center or support network, and ask for help. They may be able to direct you to LGBT inclusive shelters and resources.