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Aired Oct 29, 2020

Gay Christmas (Halloween) Has Been Cancelled

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 monthly 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.

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Article: Halloween is ‘gay Christmas’ for many in the LGBTQ community. This year, it has been canceled.

Source: The Washington Post

Author: Samantha Schmidt 

Questions for Discussion:

  1. One person interviewed in the article refers to Halloween as “the gay Christmas” and makes reference to the historic reasons why the holiday is so popular in LGBTQ+ spaces. Can you name any of the specific reasons that this might be the case historically? Do you think that the reasons for Halloween remaining so popular in queer spaces still apply today?
  2. The article mentioned the challenges (and innovation) that happened around the cancellation of Pride celebrations in June. Can you name some ways that you might be able to build community this Halloween in spite of remaining socially distant or quarantined that can support LGBTQ+ people who might be experiencing depression from social withdrawal?
  3. It’s Halloween, so we have to ask: Name one funny thing that frightens you, and identify one serious thing that frightens you!

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