Sexual Identity Issues
Although a majority of people identify as heterosexual, many have different sexual preferences. People who identify as homosexual or bisexual often experience rejection and discrimination by the mainstream culture. Coping with the response of many in the culture to a minority sexual orientation can bring many difficulties, including problems with one’s own self-acceptance, and whether and when to share one’s sexual identity with family members or other important people in one’s life.
Clinicians sensitive to these issues can help navigate the sometimes rough waters of accepting one’s sexual identity and adapting to an environment that may sometimes be hostile to differences.