LGBTQ2S+ families, which include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit individuals, face unique challenges in society – from discrimination and bullying to family rejection and difficulty accessing healthcare. When a family or family member rejects someone who identifies on the LGBTQ2S+ spectrum, it can profoundly affect the well-being of everyone involved. Increased tension and stress may emerge, and some family members may feel it necessary to conceal their authentic selves as a protective response. But, when families are well-supported with education and resources, they can begin confidently navigating different needs within the family unit.

In this article, we’ll examine these issues, explore some of the difficulties experienced by LGBTQ2S+ families, and learn about some supportive strategies that can offer helpful guidance on the path toward understanding, acceptance, and contentment.

Your Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP) provider, Homewood HealthTM is pleased to provide the following newsletter: “Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Families“.

If you have wellness questions, or are looking for wellness information, visit the NSLAP website at For more information and support, along with resources and counselling on understanding and supporting LGBTQ2S+ families, register with Homewood Health™ Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register, and your Invitation Code is NSB931

Call in confidence, 24 hours a day: 1 866 299 1299 (within Nova Scotia) | (See the website for details about calling from outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).