Celebrating Pride Month: Supporting the Asian LGBTIQ Community in Australia

Published Date: 11/06/2024

Nick Koyang

Nick is an AASW Accredited Social Worker and a registered ACA counsellor. Supporting clients face-to-face in Melbourne or online across Australia and beyond.

Understanding Intersectional Issues for the Asian LGBTIQ Community

The Asian LGBTIQ community in Australia navigates a complex landscape of cultural, familial, and societal expectations. This intersectionality—the way in which various forms of discrimination and privilege intersect and influence an individual’s experience—can significantly impact mental health. Here are some of the unique challenges faced by this community:

Cultural Expectations and Familial Pressure

Many Asian cultures emphasize familial duty, respect for elders, and community harmony. Coming out or living openly as LGBTIQ can be seen as conflicting with these values, leading to internal and external conflicts.

Language Barriers

For those who are more comfortable speaking languages other than English, such as Mandarin, accessing appropriate mental health support can be challenging. This language barrier can hinder effective communication and the establishment of trust with mental health professionals.

Racism and Homophobia

Experiencing racism within the broader Australian society, coupled with homophobia, can exacerbate feelings of isolation and marginalisation. The dual stigma can make it difficult to find safe and affirming spaces.

Mental Health Stigma

Mental health issues often carry significant stigma in many Asian communities. This stigma can prevent individuals from seeking the help they need, further impacting their mental well-being.


Impact on Mental Health

These intersecting issues can lead to a range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, identity confusion, and low self-esteem. It is crucial for the Asian LGBTIQ community to have access to culturally sensitive and affirming mental health support.


Free Online Resources

Fortunately, there are several online resources available that can offer confidential generalist support and information:


Provides anonymous and free LGBTIQ peer support and referral services via telephone and web chat. Visit QLife for more information.

Switchboard Victoria

Offers support services, including a phone and webchat service, for the LGBTIQ community. Visit Switchboard Victoria.

Beyond Blue

Offers resources and support for mental health. Visit Beyond Blue.


Seeking Counselling Support From Therapist With Lived Experience

At Ashore Wellness, we understand the unique challenges faced by the Asian LGBTIQ community. As a Narrative Therapist who speaks both English and Mandarin, Nick Koyang offer a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your identity, experiences, and challenges. Nick’s lived experience allows me to empathise deeply and provide personalised care that respects your cultural background and individual journey. Our counselling services are designed to help you:

Navigate the complexities of your cultural and sexual identities.

Develop strategies to cope with familial and societal pressures

Build resilience against racism and homophobia.

Improve your overall mental health and well-being.


Take the First Step

Pride Month is a reminder of the strength, resilience, and beauty of the LGBTIQ community. If you or someone you know is part of the Asian LGBTIQ community and struggling with mental health issues, reach out for support. At Ashore Wellness, we are here to walk with you on your journey towards healing and self-acceptance.

To book a session or learn more about our services, please visit Appointment page or contact us directly. Let’s celebrate Pride Month together by embracing our true selves and supporting each other in our journeys!

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