Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual, and Transgendered Issues


  • Are you struggling with issues related to being lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-gendered?
  • Are you confused about your sexual identity or sexuality?
  • Are you ostracized by family members or friends?
  • Are you afraid to come out?
  • Do you feel alone?

    Those who are struggling with gender identity issues, are confused about their sexual identity, or who are
    lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgendered are often challenged by social judgment and bias. They are
    sometimes ostracized by their families or friends and can feel lonely, depressed, and isolated.   Many LGBT
    clients face self-loathing, fears, withdrawal, relationship issues and other difficulties.  In some cases, the
    person is unsure of his or her sexual identity. Another frightening problem in the LGBT community is
    suicide. The suicide rate is typically higher in the LGBT community when compared to the heterosexual
    community and exponentially higher if the person's family turns them away.  These individuals may be at
    significant risk.
LGBT ISSUES - Kate Gehret, LPC

Office Location
Lewes, DE


    Statistics for LGBT Students

  • LGBT students hear anti-gay epithets 25 times
    a day, and teachers fail to respond to these
    comments 97%of the time. -Gay Lesbian
    Straight Educator’s Network.
  • GLBT youth are 2-3 times more likely to
    commit suicide than other youths.   –Report to
    the Secretary’s Task Force on Youth Suicide.
  • LGBT students are 5 times more likely to miss
    school because of feeling unsafe.-National Gay
    and Lesbian Task Force, 1984.
  • Nearly 58% of LGBT students have had
    property stolen or deliberately damaged at
    school. – GLSEN 2003   National School
    Climate Survey..
  • Over 64% of LGBT students say they feel
    unsafe at school because of their sexual
    orientation. -GLSEN 2003 National School
    Climate Survey .       


    My approach to helping clients with LGBT-related
    issues is to develop a trusting therapeutic
    relationship with the client in a caring and safe
    environment.  We begin a journey toward helping
    the client cope with societal pressures,  judgments
    and other struggles

    The LGBT Student:

    When working with LGBT students, the goal is to
    provide children and families with tools for safely
    navigating through school while building confidence
    and self-assurance.  Support systems are identified
    for these students and they may begin to discover
    ways to embrace their uniqueness while building
    networks of support.