In this episode I interview social worker TL Tran. She works in the area of LGBTIQ health.
This is a very personal conversation to which TL brings a lot of humour and grace.
To escape persecution, TL’s family fled South Vietnam when she was 8 years old. TL speaks frankly about her refugee experiences, adapting to Australian culture, and navigating the process of coming out as a bisexual woman in a traditional asian family.
We traverse her social work career and explore the values, knowledge and skills that she brings to her current work in LGBTIQ communities, with particular emphasis on narrative therapy.
Research tells us that LGBTIQ people are at increased risk of a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm, suicidality and suicide, much of which has been attributed to experiences or fears of discrimination and abuse.
We explore the devastating impact that this has on mental health in this community, and how TL approaches the challenge of confronting discrimination in her awareness raising sessions.
TL provides us with a good map on how we can help people move from tolerance to true inclusivesness.