Mental Health in Sexual Minority and Transgender Women

Julie K. Schulman, Laura Erickson-Schroth

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Although sexual minority women (SMW) and transgender women have become increasingly visible in recent years and have made progress in achieving civil rights, they continue to face significant levels of discrimination, stigma, and physical violence. As a result, each group faces a wide variety of health disparities, including mental illness and substance use disorders. Overall, both SMW and transgender women experience higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders, suicidality, and substance use disorders than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. This article is a general introduction to these issues and concludes with recommendations for working with sexual minority and transgender women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-319
Number of pages11
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Bisexual
  • Lesbian
  • Mental health
  • Minority stress
  • Sexual minority
  • Transgender


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