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Join us for an in-depth exploration of queer grief and trauma in our Rainbow Roundtable series. In this episode, we delve into the historical context of the grief experienced by LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. Our panelists discuss:

  1. The historical oppression and violence faced by LGBTQ+ people, including the murders of Islan Nettles, Mark Carson, Jorge Stephen Lopez Mercado, Sakia Gunn, Muhlaysia Booker, Matthew Shepard, and others.
  2. The profound impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the LGBTQ+ community, marked by a lack of governmental response and societal indifference.
  3. The psychological effects of collective trauma, with incidents like the Pulse nightclub and Club Q shootings highlighting the ongoing threats to LGBTQ+ safety.
  4. The interconnectedness of collective and historical trauma, and how microaggressions can trigger deep-seated fears.
  5. The heightened vulnerability of the transgender community, particularly Black trans women, to violence and grief.
  6. The importance of education and validation in understanding and supporting those indirectly affected by trauma.
  7. The continuous cycle of historical trauma and its impact on healing within marginalized communities.
  8. The resilience and strength of the LGBTQ+ community in the face of ongoing challenges.

Our panelists will also discuss effective ways to support individuals dealing with these deep-seated traumas and how understanding history can help us better navigate the present. Don’t miss this crucial conversation on resilience, solidarity, and the fight against ongoing oppression.