To Have and to Hold: Marriage in the LGBTQ Community Offers Psychological Benefits!

September 19, 2017

     Many people dream of their wedding day. Saying “I do” represents a unique commitment and the start of an incredible journey for couples. While couples have many logistical and legal reasons for wanting to be married, the psychological benefits of marriage cannot be overlooked.  In general, members of the LGBTQ community are at a higher risk for mental health challenges than heterosexual individuals. Recently, researchers sought to examine whether or not the institution of marriage can also have positive psychological effects for LGBTQ couples and help mediate the mental health disparity between LGBTQ and heterosexual individuals.  

     The researchers found that individuals in same-sex marriages experienced significantly less psychological distress than unmarried lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. This finding supports the importance of recent legislation on marriage equality and the critical need to continue to protect it. It also suggests that perhaps the most important benefits of legal marriage may very well be psychological, which can lead to improved mental health for members of the LGBTQ community. Of course, having a happy marriage still requires work, nurturance and support, and the Q Marriage Mentors Program is here to help!

     Are you in a committed LGBTQ relationship, but unsure if marriage is right for your relationship? Are you a married LGBTQ couple who wants to share the joys and challenges of their married life and how they made important decisions, such as if and when to get married? We are seeking both mentor and mentee couples for a unique and free mentoring program. Check out our website to apply today!

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