Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ and ally topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.
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Author: Casey Quinlan
Questions for Discussion:
- In your experience, have you interacted with individuals who expressed that bisexuality and/or non-binary gender identities were “just a phase” or “trendy?”
- If you feel comfortable sharing, have you ever experienced a healthcare provider focusing on your sexual orientation or gender identity when trying to access care regarding another issue? What was that experience like? How did it make you feel?
- The article notes that one of the challenges therapists and mental health professionals face in providing culturally competent care for LGBTQ patients is new and changing terminology. In the past, how have you handled it when you heard terminology that you were unfamiliar with? What recommendations and resources would you share with those who want to learn more?