Family Support and successful life of sexual minorities...Smeja paul
FAMILY SUPPORT AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE OF SEXUAL MINORITIES Ms. Smeja Paul, IV Sem MSWDr. Sheeja Remani B Karalam, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Christ University Bangalore.
IntroductionOne of the Challenges in Family Social Work is that attention needs to befocused on changing the oppressive cultural context in which sexualminority youth live and so interventions need to address challengingheterosexism at both the cultural and individual level and to promotesocial change towards an inclusive society. Sexual orientation minoritiesare vulnerable to poor mental health outcomes, including suicideattempts. Family plays a major role to leading them to be strong to facethe challenges of life and cope better in the society.
Why this Research?This research attempts to gain a better understanding of the uniqueperspectives and experiences of sexual minorities. This knowledge can beused productively to improve services for sexual minority individuals andcommunities. The invisibility and silence which surrounds the existence ofsexuality minority lives and worlds produces its own order of oppression,creating in many the impression that they are the only ones ‘cursed’ withsuch desires in the world. It is important because healthy relationshipswithin the family are essential to the well-being of children and adults, aswell as society in general.
Case study conducted among a transgender, transsexual, gay and a lesbian at urban Bangalore• Gender variant behavior - ridiculed by society.• Parents were ashamed and embarrassed• Parents want to change their children’s behavior• Sexual minorities thought parents don’t love them or even hate them.• Lack of communication and misunderstanding• Lack of understanding about sexual orientation and gender identity• Fighting and family disruption• Sexual minorities were rejected from or forced out of the home.
• Education and accurate information to support• Rejection and depression -stage of confronting• Homosexual community members have attempted suicide.• Transgender and transsexual community members experienced discrimination• Families got educated or got awareness• Convinced and accepted• Mother’s were more supportive than father’s• Strengthen to face the challenges and to lead a quality life.
• Siblings were also ready to accept• Joined to struggle for sexual minority community rights.• Higher self esteem and self worth a positive sense of self• Motivated to live a life with dignity• Improvement in their mental and physical health.• Depression and stress was ventilated• Better coping pattern and positive approach.• Decision making and problem solving skills improved
• Family expressed affection and showed love for them.• it gave them respect and dignity• Supported them financially,• Stood up for their child when their child was mistreated or harassed• Better family support leads to successful life of sexual minorities same as heterosexuals.• Family acceptance is a cause for their healthy development.• Parental and siblings support is a critical aspect for their successful and healthy development.
• The challenges are how to engage parents who are not accepting of their children’s sexual identity .• The researcher found that accepting families have similar economic, and social class backgrounds, religion, domicile back ground• The context of educational, religious, and other social institutions• Social workers need to take into account• Assessing sexual minorities and their families• Need to be cognizant of possible long-term consequences of harmful family relationships