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Destroying the Monster: How We Can Protect LGBTQIA+ Youth Mental Health

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“Looking in the mirror, I’m haunted by the monster staring back at me — the reflection of an ugly, disgusting, less-than monster.

As my eyes lock in with the monster, I question, ‘am I unlovable? Am I enough? Is this my fault? Will anyone ever accept me?

Do I accept me? Am I safe?’” Through shaking voices and pained eyes, these are just a few common-themed questions I hear daily from children and adolescents in my clinical practice as a pediatric psychologist: youth feeling as if they are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, coupled with the unknown of these questions can seem too much to bear at times.

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