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Mental Health Needs of Transgender Women, Gay Men, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men Across Sub-Saharan Africa


Brown, Carolyn; Makofance, Keletso; Rebe, Kevin; van der Merwe, L. Leigh Ann; Sithole, Bhekie; Diouf, Daouda; Kapila, Kevin; Lyons, Carrie; Poteat, Tonia; & Stahlman, Shauna, et al. (2019). Mental Health Needs of Transgender Women, Gay Men, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men Across Sub-Saharan Africa.. Nakamura, Nadine & Logie, Carmen H. (Eds.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.


This book expands the understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) people's lives beyond the dominant narrative of the West to include the experiences of LGBTQ people from around the world. In the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, much has been written about LGBTQ health and mental health. Chapters in this book cover LGBTQ populations that are largely invisible in the psychological literature by focusing on the Majority World to expand our understanding of what it means to be LGBTQ and how mental health needs and priorities contextually vary. The book chapters address the concerns of LGBTQ people of various regions of the world, including South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northern Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa. These chapters provide some historical perspective, as well as cultural factors and values, conceptualizations of gender and sexuality, perspectives and concerns of LGBTQ people, and relevant clinical issues and recommendations for mental health practitioners to consider. Authors address how being a sexual and/or gender diverse person may impact mental health and highlight challenges faced by LGBTQ populations as they relate to laws, policies, and cultural beliefs. Chapters include one or more vignettes based either on one or more authors' experiences or on a fictionalized or deidentified case in order to give readers a sense of what concerns are relevant to the LGBTQ population from that particular country or region. Book chapters are organized to allow readers to compare and contrast LGBTQ experiences within and between regions.


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Brown, Carolyn
Makofance, Keletso
Rebe, Kevin
van der Merwe, L. Leigh Ann
Sithole, Bhekie
Diouf, Daouda
Kapila, Kevin
Lyons, Carrie
Poteat, Tonia
Stahlman, Shauna
Baral, Stefan D.