Supporting Mental, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness for LGBTQ+ College Students: A Special Commentary
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This brief commentary addresses the importance of campus-wide sexual health initiatives for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and other sexual and affectional identities (LGBTQ+) college students. LGBTQ+ college students in the emerging adulthood life stage are particularly susceptible to stigmatized, inequitable physical and mental healthcare, making the need for intentional and affirming support from college counselors, on-campus healthcare providers, and student affairs professionals essential. This article addresses LGBTQ+ friendly communication strategies, specific counseling modalities for work surrounding LGBTQ+ college student sexual health, implications for counselor education and supervision, as well as ongoing research priorities for college counselors. Because sexual health is relevant throughout the lifespan, we emphasize the importance of instilling strong foundational principles of consent, safety, responsibility, and joyful exploration during this phase.
Savitsky, D., Stevens, M., & Yacoub, M. (2023). Supporting Mental, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness for LGBTQ+ College Students: A Special Commentary. Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, 4 (2), 80-84. https://doi.org/10.34296/04S11077