LGBTQIA Relationships

While LGBTQIA relationships may present outwardly as different from non-LGBTQIA relationships, studies have repeatedly shown that similar variables predict outcomes of stability and overall contentment for both types of relationships, and that LGBTQIA relationships experience the same level of overall satisfaction as their heteronormative counterparts. A healthy relationship is a healthy relationship, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. That being said, LGBTQIA people can experience higher rates of mental and emotional distress stemming from their position as stigmatized minorities, which can add extra difficulty to their relationships. Having to navigate discrimination and judgment from family members or from greater society puts unique stressors on non-heteronormative relationships. Luckily, there are many resources available for members of the LGBTQIA community to help them navigate the highs and lows of their personal relationships in a loving and accepting environment. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.


8 Unique Lgbtq Dating Problems

There are a number of things those in the LGBTQ community endure during their time on the dating scene. In fact, we have 8 of them listed below. Before you read on, keep in mind that the LGBTQ community is diverse and a few of these problems are directed more to some than they are to others.

Dear John, I Love Jane

The new buzzword in female sexuality is “sexual fluidity”—the idea that for many women, sexual identity can shift over time, often in the direction of same-sex relationships.

Who Me? Marry?

Psychologists weigh in on how the changing landscape of same-sex marriage may be affecting lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals.


What Makes Same-Sex Relationships Succeed or Fail? - Drs. John and Julie Gottman

Dr. John Gottman explains his findings from his 12-year study on committed gay and lesbian relationships.

The Gay Man's Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage

Legal gay marriage is still a relatively new phenomenon. As gay men who are now able to get married, we find ourselves in a bit of a quandary: for many male couples, sex is a lot more important for us than it is for heterosexuals.

14 Things to Know About Dating as an Asexual Person

Are you on the asexuality spectrum and interested in dating? If so, this guide is for you!


5 Ways To Deal When You're Dating Someone in the Closet

In today's video, I discuss 15 Things lesbians are tired of hearing or 15 things not to say to a lesbian.

Sexual Intimacy for Women: A Guide for Same-Sex Couples

Sexual Intimacy for Women helps female couples examine the emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of their relationships, with the goal of creating more intimacy. Exercises and client-based anecdotes from Dr.

Chapter 9: LGBTQ Relationships, Families and Parenting

Research exploring LGBTQ interpersonal relationships is often centered around intimate or sexual relationships that are described using terms like partnership, couple, a marriage, or just a relationship.

Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships

Written by two experienced lesbian therapists, Lesbian Couples covers a range of topics—commitment ceremonies and marriage, living arrangements, work, money, togetherness and separate identities, coming out to family and friends, resolving conflict and understanding each other—and uses a variety...


LGBTQIA Well-Being