The Importance Of Indigenous LGBTQI

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3.1 PROTECTIVE FACTORS Throughout the assessment of multiple options for LGBTQI+ programs, a range of protective factors in terms of Indigenous LGBTQI+ emotional and psychological wellbeing were discovered. These protective factors nurture positive social and emotional wellbeing and promote positive mental health amongst those who identify as Indigenous LGBTQI+ (See figure four). Figure 4 List of protective factors for the support and promotion of positive mental health in the Indigenous LGBTQI+ community. 3.2 THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TARGETED SERVICES OR GROUPS Many of the key issues previously discussed can be traced back to a lack of specialised care services. There are many systematic barriers as to why Indigenous LGBTQI+ individuals choose not to seek out care, whether this be fear of discrimination on the basis of either race, sexual orientation or gender identity, a lack of care due to systemic racism within healthcare, or a distrust in healthcare systems due to intergenerational trauma. The importance of inclusive, Indigenous led initiatives was highlighted as the most suitable way to address the social, emotional and psychological wellbeing within the Indigenous LGBTQI+ community. In his 2016 report, Bonson emphasizes the importance for visibility of the Indigenous LGBTQI+ community in broader Indigenous and non-Indigenous healthcare. Similarly, workshops completed by Bonson indicate a strong need for Indigenous LGBTQI+ individuals to be included in the

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