April 13, 2020

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+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, April 16. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by e-mailing info@straightforequality.org.

Article: Queer pen pal project to keep students connected during pandemic

Source: Minnesota Daily

Author: Farrah Mina

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Thinking back to when you were in college, would you have taken advantage of a program like Emerging Connections: Queer Pen Pal Project? Why or why not? Would you sign up for one now?
  2. In your opinion, why is a program like this necessary for LGBTQ+ students who are unable to access their college campuses? What specific needs could a pen pal project help to meet?
  3. Have you heard of any other programs, that have been launched recently, to help people who identify as LGBTQ+ create this kind of one-on-one connection? Or is there anything that you’re doing in your own networks to attempt to keep people – especially those who may not have inclusive spaces to retreat to – connected?
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