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LGBTQ Teens and the Orlando Shooting

Melissa Robinson-Brown, Ph.D.

Many people have been greatly upset by the tragic event in Orlando. LGBTQ  young people may feel especially vulnerable after this attack.  We’ve seen a mixture of reactions among our LGBTQ clients here at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.  Some young people are sad, feel empathy for the families of the victims, or feel concern for their own safety.  Others are angry that the LGBTQ community was targeted or wonder if individuals are becoming immune to the horror of this kind of aggression.

If you’re a young person who is a member of or feels closely aligned with the LGBTQ community and you are struggling to cope in the aftermath of this tragedy, it’s important to seek out support during this emotional time. Consider seeing a therapist or attending a support group in your community.  Here in New York City, the Center  has resources and programs specifically for LGBTQ youth.  You can also reach out to your family and friends for support.

June is Pride Month and there are several events going on in NYC this week .  You may want to attend one or many of these Pride Week events to be with other people who are standing in support of Orlando and of the LGBTQ community.  If you’re a kid feeling sad, worried or angry, remember you are not alone, and help is available.

The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center is located in New York City. It provides comprehensive, confidential, judgment free health care at no charge to over 10,000 young people every year. Melissa Robinson-Brown, Ph.D, is co-director of the Psychology Training Program at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Dr. Robinson-Brown provides individual, family, and mental health services for adolescents at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.

This column is not intended to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or to any other individual, only general information for education purposes only. If your child is unusually upset for more than six weeks, please see a mental health professional.

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