Think about a situation where a firefighter refused to keep a gay institution from burning to the ground, a policeman did not protect somebody or an emergency room turned away a patient. By being on the wrong side of history and misusing your power as governor, you are contributing to the suffering of a community that is already disenfranchised from many mental health services.
As the co-founder of Talkspace, an online therapy company that provides therapy to all and has a large number of LGBT clients, I know all too well the difficulties the LGBT population has getting access to mental health care.
Regardless of the vague language and legalese you have hid behind in your defense of the bill, we know its primary purpose is to deny the LGBT community in Tennessee access to mental health care. Imagine a world where anyone could refuse service to people based on their sexual orientation.
To learn more about Talkspace and the LGBT community, visit this page.
According to the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI), LGBT individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder.
Many LGBT individuals report encountering a “dual” or “double stigma” when struggling to deal with mental health issues.
People need therapists to prevent and treat mental health issues that affect all of us.