Health Education & Wellness

Healthy Relationships

Being in a healthy relationships means:

  • Respecting individuality, embracing differences, and allowing each person to “be him/herself.”
  • Discussing things, allowing for differences of opinion, and compromising equally.
  • Expressing and listening to each other’s feelings, needs, and desires.
  • Trusting and being honest with yourself and each other.
  • Resolving conflicts in a rational, peaceful, and mutually agreed-upon way.

Other Characteristics of a Healthy Relationship:


  • Recognizing and respecting each person’s individual rights
  • Open communication
  • Trust
  • Mutual respect for opinions
  • Equality in decision making
  • Shared respect for each other’s values
  • Respect for each person’s sexual boundaries
  • Willingness to honestly discuss problems
  • Willingness to tell your partner what you need or want
  • Honesty
  • Always using a nonviolent approach to resolving conflict
  • Understanding that conflict and anger are okay
  • Taking responsibility for yourself
  • Accepting the fact that everyone makes mistakes
  • Owning your own mistakes
  • Commitment
  • Joy and playfulness

Additional reading:

Building & Sustaining Healthy Relationships in LGBTQ Communities
Unhealthy Relationships Guideline for LGBTQ People of Color
Healthy Relationships Guideline for LGBTQ People of Color

Information adapted from: University of Oregon Counseling & Testing CenterUniversity of North Carolina Safe @ UNC Interpersonal Violence Awareness & Prevention

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