Gender discrimination can have a significant impact on the self-confidence of individuals within the LGBTQ community. Discrimination based on gender identity can make individuals feel marginalized, devalued, and excluded from mainstream society. These experiences can lead to feelings of low self-worth and poor self-esteem, which can further compound the negative effects of discrimination.
A qualitative study conducted by Kamen and colleagues (2019) explored the experiences of gender minority individuals in healthcare settings. Participants reported feeling discriminated against by healthcare providers due to their gender identity, which led to negative health outcomes and a lack of trust in healthcare systems. Participants also reported feeling invisible and unsupported, leading to feelings of low self-worth and poor self-esteem.
Another study conducted by Levitt and colleagues (2018) explored the experiences of transgender individuals in the workplace. Participants reported feeling discriminated against due to their gender identity, which led to feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression. Participants also reported a lack of support from colleagues and supervisors, which further compounded their negative experiences.
These studies demonstrate the negative impact that gender discrimination can have on the self-confidence and self-worth of individuals within the LGBTQ community. It is important for society to address these issues and work towards creating a more inclusive and accepting environment for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity.
Kamen, C. S., Brennan, J., Shipherd, J. C., & Bedoya, C. A. (2019). Gender minority stress, mental health, and relationship quality: A dyadic investigation of transgender women and their cisgender male partners. Journal of Family Psychology, 33(1), 81–91. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000462
Levitt, H. M., Ippolito, M. R., & Lawless, A. K. (2018). Exploring the workplace experiences of transgender individuals: A qualitative study. Jou