Food for Thought: Supporting LGBTQ+ Communities
The following notes share thoughts and insights from the initial FoodSpark Potluck regarding LGBTQ+ resources and support. This convening included 34 community members who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer, trans, gender-nonconforming, or non-binary.
IN COMMUNITY, SUPPORT LOOKS/FEELS LIKE:
- Acknowledging and respecting the fullness and who we are in our identities. Example: Seeing gender neutral/ all gender restrooms
- Not being treated in a way that reminds us of only our differences.
Example: We don’t like for people to constantly tell us how “brave” we are.
- Being acknowledged as a full person and not just “queerness made flesh.”
- Having community—a group of people where you can share life and not be concerned with categorizing everyone or not being accepted and understood.
- Not getting ridiculed and judged if we don’t fit a stereotype of queerness.
Example: Not being judged for identifying as bisexual or pansexual.
WHAT/WHERE IS THE CRITICAL MASS OF SUPPORT IN OUR COMMUNITY?
- LGBTQ+ communities can be made up of any number of people and exist in many forms. It’s more about the support systems—who you have to support you in your life.
- Most people find community through local bars and events.
- Others found community through protests.
WHAT’S MISSING? WHAT’S NEEDED?
- There aren’t many organizations devoted to helping people thrive in community that are recovering from addiction.
- There is not sufficient education or curriculum being given to queer youth about substance abuse prevention.
- There are not many spaces and experiences dedicated to LGBTQ+ people of color, so it is harder to find community.
- We would like more spaces where people who ID as LGBTQ+ can go that are not bars. Examples: Queer yoga, tabletop Dungeons & Dragon, stand up comedy and improv, karaoke
- Looking for more bi specific events
- Looking for more spaces/events that are in nature