Aired May 25, 2023
Building a Resilient Life Through Online Support
Your mental health matters. And there are many things that we can all do to support and protect our own mental well-being. For some LGBTQ+ advocates and organizations, that has meant leaving Twitter for good and instead creating community and making more online spaces that are LGBTQ+ welcoming and affirming.
We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, May 25. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!
Article: LGBTQ centers leave Twitter following removal of hateful conduct protections
Author: Chase DiBenedetto
Questions for Discussion:
- Do you (still) use Twitter? Why or why not? If you do, do you feel like the experience has changed in recent months?
- Are you a part of any online community spaces where you feel safe, welcomed, and affirmed? What are they? In what ways do you think they support your physical and mental health?
- What can parents and caregivers do to support LGBTQ+ young people that experience hate and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric in online spaces? Is there any way to ensure that young people stay safe online?
Bonus Resources: Check out “There’s a worrying reason why young LGBTQ+ people spend so much time on their phones, study finds” from PinkNews by Emily Chudy and these resources from CenterLink, Q Chat Space, and Springtide Research.
About Our Guests:
Deborah Levine, Chief Program Office, CenterLink | Founder, Q Chat Space
Dr. Angela Patterson, Head Writer and Editor, Springtide Research
Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.