Entries by Melody Atkinson

Lesbian Relationship Issues: Communication and Connection

Lesbian Relationship Issues: Communication and Connection   Lesbian relationship issues are unique stressors for lesbians in committed relationships. Communicating with your partner when issues arise is crucial, even though managing lesbian relationship issues can be difficult (before resentment builds). Lesbian couples may face isolation, family rejection, and the high cost of starting a family.    […]

What is Compulsory Heterosexuality?

What is Compulsory Heterosexuality?   Compulsory Heterosexuality, or comphet, is the harmful assumption that everyone is “straight until proven otherwise.” Adrienne Rich coined this term in her 1980 essay “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence.” The term compulsory heterosexuality refers to how our society influences women to perceive all interactions with men as romantic or sexual.   […]

Counseling for LGBTQ+ Folks

Counseling for LGBTQ+ Folks   Since the pandemic, virtual counseling for LGBTQA+ folks has boomed, making it easier than ever to receive mental health care from the comfort of your home. For many people in the LGBTQ+ community, this can help them gain access to quality care without having to step foot into an office.  […]