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Aired May 13, 2021

LGBTQ+ Safety On Social Media

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, May 13. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

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Article: ‘The bar is low for the social media industry’: Top platforms are unsafe for LGBTQ community, new report says

Source: USA Today

Author: Terry Collins

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Did anything in this article or the GLAAD report surprise you? Why or why not?

  2. Lucy Bernholz, the director of the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University, is quoted in the article saying that social media platforms “basically made themselves the equivalent of our roads, sewers, and utilities.” Do you agree with that assessment? What does that mean for the 64% of LGBTQ+ social media users that have experienced discrimination on social media?

  3. The GLAAD report included a number of recommendations for the social media industry to put in place to minimize online harassment. Do you think that these are effective strategies towards creating safer spaces? And on an individual level, what would you recommend who would like to create change on these platforms for themselves and their LGBTQ+ loved ones? 

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