In larger cities and metro areas, it’s becoming easier to find resources and services for the LGBT+ community. This is something that’s taken many years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Now, it’s members of the community in the suburbs and rural areas that are working to bring resources and services to their areas.
From students getting sent to the principal’s office for wearing a rainbow belt to students organizing an unofficial, speakeasy-like pride week, for Brandon Thomas, the simple act of being yourself in high school was a political act.
Stigma. It’s something that people with HIV/AIDS have dealt with for decades. Even with all the education available now and the public awareness campaigns such as U = U (undetectable equals untransmittable), the stigma is still there.
In the Middle Tennessee area, there’s a group that has been around for quite some time and is showing no signs of slowing down. To keep up and to keep going, the group has switched from in-person meetings to online meetings and activities. They call themselves Tennessee VALS (T-VALS) and they are a transgender support and community group.
While many events have been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our youth still have some options for virtual camping this year. We’ve highlighted a few LGBT+ camps that are hosting virtual events.