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Aired Apr 1, 2021

When Family Isn’t Supportive

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality  program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, April 1. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by emailing [email protected].

Article: A year at home has forced many LGBTQ college students ‘back into the closet’

Source: Los Angeles Times

Author: Laura Newberry

Questions for Discussion:

  1. How has the impact of Covid shown up in the spaces that you occupy — family, work, and LGBTQ+ advocacy? We’re a year into the pandemic. Is anything about this experience what you expected? Why or why not?
  2. This article focuses primarily on LGBTQ+ young people, but the conversation about the mental health impact of Covid is larger than that. In what ways has the stress of Covid had an impact on parents and families of people who are LGBTQ+? What are the mental health challenges people might be missing among families who are accepting?
  3. We are — hopefully — close to a healthier future, but the impact that the pandemic has on mental health will not disappear. What resources are out there for people who are struggling, especially in the LGBTQ+ and ally space? What role is the continued stigma of mental illness playing in accessing resources? How can we help break down these barriers?

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