June is Pride Month! A celebratory time for the queer community and where we here at TWLOHA cheer on our LGBTQIA+ members and continue the necessary conversations surrounding equality, representation, and acceptance. Here’s how you can be a part of those conversations:
Watch the Pride Month Roundtable Conversation
On Thursday, June 3, Bri Barnett of Trans Lifeline, Kartika Ladwal, and Ryan Schwartz of Mental Health Match to talk about awareness, consideration, and action around mental health in the LGBTQIA+ community. You can watch (or rewatch) their conversation (moderated by Chad Moses) on Facebook or YouTube.
Listen to “Affirming LGBTQ+ Experience and Existence”
In this episode of the TWLOHA Podcast, we’re talking to Dr. Amy Green, the Vice President of Research at The Trevor Project (an organization providing crisis intervention and prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth) to talk about how LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately impacted by things suicide and other mental health challenges and how we, as allies and supporters, can help change those numbers. And in the second half of the episode, host Chad Moses sits down with Jessica Strait, a frequent author on the TWLOHA blog, to hear about her lived experience as a queer woman who grew up in a religious family, has dealt with multiple mental health challenges, and is in the midst of an ongoing journey toward self-acceptance.
Read stories on the TWLOHA Blog
We’re honored to share the voices and stories of people from the LGBTQ+ community as they invite us into their lived experience.
The Price of Self by Ernst J Groenewald
Be the Proof That Love Can Still Exist by Elizabeth Wilder
You Are Wonderful by Donaven Smith
We know mental health impacts all of us. And we know members of the queer community are more than twice as likely as heterosexual individuals to experience mental health conditions. And transgender individuals are nearly four times as likely as cisgender individuals to encounter depression and anxiety. If you or a loved one are looking for support within the US, visit our FIND HELP Tool to locate resources based on your zip code. Plus, a collection of resources specific to LGBTQIA+ folks can be found here.