Healing from spiritual abuse as an LGBTQ+ person

Healing from spiritual abuse as an LGBTQ+ person


– Today, I’m going to
talk about spiritual abuse in the LGBTQ community. First off, sadly, today religion is still, far too often, used
against us as queer people. This can create all sorts
of internal confusion, especially if we’ve had a
history of supportive connections to communities of faith
or our own spirituality. Let’s start off with
what is spiritual abuse? On its most basic level,
abuse is maltreatment. This shows up in spirituality and religion when people in positions of
authority misuse that power against us as queer people. Think about this, a young person comes out
as queer or gay or trans to a leader of their church, and they are told that
those feelings are unnatural or that they’re gonna go to
Hell because of who they are. While that queer person may be able to move away from that
dysfunctional environment, they are gonna be left
with lasting effects of that kind of abuse. What are some of the lasting
effects of spiritual abuse? First off, it can show up
in terms of sexual problems, substance misuse, depression, anxiety, or stress. It’s a basic right that no
one should ever have to choose between their religion and who they are. Period, end of sentence. Some of the other consequences of this sort of spiritual abuse is that you can lose loving
and supportive connections with family and your faith community because of who you are. You could also feel alone
in the LGBTQ community because so many people
have been hurt by religion that they don’t understand
what your connection is with spirituality. Luckily, there are some options. First of all, you can
get some more support. Find a counselor or
therapist who is supportive and understands spiritual abuse. You can also find supportive communities of faith and spirituality so that you don’t have
to lose that practice or connection that you have with your faith or your spirituality. All right, hope this has been helpful. Have a great day.

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