I Am Gay. Is That Alright?

Published: September 11, 2022
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am gay, is that alright
Signed: I Am Gay. Is That Alright?

Dear I Am Gay. Is That Alright?,

First, we would like to point out that all Atlantic Health System medical centers pride themselves on being designated HEI LGBTQ+ Leaders. Armond Kinsey, Chief Diversity Officer explains, "Atlantic Health System is dedicated to the belief that every patient, visitor and team member is deserving of a welcoming and inclusive health care environment. The HEI is about more than just believing in equitable treatment for all, it is about doing the work to make that care accessible, the spaces safe from discrimination, and provide interactions where patients are respected and heard. Four consecutive award periods of perfect scores sends the powerful message that we are here for every member of our community.” https://www.atlantichealth.org/about-us/stay-connected/news/press-releases/2022/atlantic-health-HEI-20221.html

We embrace self-love, acceptance, and individuality. At times, you may come across people who do not have the same beliefs as you and that can be challenging. It is important to have a support system of family, friends, doctors and/or school counselors/teachers who can help guide you on your path to being true to yourself and providing you with the tools necessary to feel loved and accepted. If you find yourself feeling alone and not sure, we strongly suggest you reach out to a trusted adult, school counselor or teacher, or doctor to let them know about your concerns and they can help guide you in the right direction.

If you feel you need help finding a doctor who will support you, you can click here: https://findadoctor.atlantichealth.org/

If at any time you unsafe or feel you need immediate assistance, call 911 or if you live in Northern New Jersey you can call the Atlantic Behavioral Health ACCESS Center at 1-888-247-1400.

Nationally, you can text the Crisis Text Line by Texting HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. We also have a Mental Health resource page with additional hotlines and websites that may be helpful.

Signed: TeenHealthFX