People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) experience subtle forms of discrimination, also kwn as microaggressions. Microaggressions are commonplace interactions that occur in a wide variety of social settings, including school or the workplace, among friends and family, and even among other LGBT people. These accumulated experiences are associated with feelings of victimization, suicidal thinking, and higher rates of substance abuse, depression, and other health problems among members of the LGBT community. In this book, Kevin Nadal provides a thought-provoking review of the literature on discrimination and microaggressions toward LGBT people. The generous use of case examples makes the book ideal for gender studies courses and discussion groups. Each case is followed by analysis of the elements involved in microaggressions and discussion questions for the reader to reflect upon. This book includes advice for mental health practitioners, organizational leaders, educators, and students who want to adopt LGBT-accepting worldviews and practices. It has tips for how to discuss and advocate for LGBT issues in the realms of family, community, educational systems, and the government.
Kevin L. Nadal, PhD, is a professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author who received his doctorate in counselling psychology from Columbia University in New York City, USA. He earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and political science from the University of California, Irvine, USA and a master's degree in counselling from Michigan State University, USA. He is currently an associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, USA where he also serves as the deputy director of the forensic mental health counselling programme.