CMHA Lambton Kent joins individuals and organizations worldwide to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer identified (LGBTQ) individuals for Pride Month in June.
The Sarnia Pride and Transgender Association will host a flag raising ceremony on Friday, May 31 at 4:00 pm. Come dressed in your pride colours and celebrate with us as we raise the pride and transgender flags in Paul Blundy Park (corner of Front and Lochiel St).
Join us for this momentous occasion and history in the making as the flags are flown and Pride month is recognised for the first time ever in Sarnia! Then join us at Ups N’ Down in their upstairs rooms following the ceremony to celebrate.
While Pride festivals across the province recognize Ontario’s vibrant and creative LGBTQ communities, it’s important to note that LGBTQ individuals continue to face specific mental health issues and barriers for accessing supports.
LGBTQ people are as diverse as the general Canadian population in their experiences of mental health and well-being but they face higher risks for some mental health issues due to the effects of discrimination and the social determinants of health.
Additional factors that may impact on mental health and well-being for LGBTQ people include the process of “coming out” (sharing one’s LGBTQ identity with others), gender transition, internalized oppression, isolation and alienation and loss of family or social supports. LGBTQ people may also experience other forms of marginalization – such as racism, sexism, poverty or other factors – alongside homophobia or transphobia that negatively impact on mental health.
For more on LGBTQ communities and mental health, visit the Rainbow Health Ontario website.