Being apart of the LGBTQ+ community isn’t just about being publically in the streets at a Pride event – it’s being able to be yourself in other areas to – like at work/volunteering place. But not everyone has that opportunity, so I wanted to write about other ways of being in the LGBTQ+ community.
But what is meant by the term community? Well, to me, it means that a group of people that have something in common – whether it be sexual orientation, gender, hobby etc. To me, it means that the things that connect them them together is the core & the most important part. Cool – but why are they important?
Good question! Well, communities should be a familiar place used to bring people together to advocate and support each other in the fight to overcome oppression or stigma normally associated with a certain sexuality and/or gender identity. It’s also where we find comfort in difficult times – e.g. if someone is questioning their gender/sexuality, then the LGBTQ+ community can offer (in good faith) resources where one can find labels. or just offer words of support or encouragement.
Especially during the pandemic, communities are crucial because having someone to digitally talk to – whether about LGBTQ+ topics or otherwise – can improve ones mental health, or just make one feel happier.