September 13, 2021

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 series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion. 

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Article: Hispanic LGBTQ Individuals Encounter Heightened Discrimination

Source: Center for American Progress

Author: Lindsay Mahowald

Questions for Discussion:

  1. In the lead to the story, one person is quoted discussing Pulse saying, “What happened at Pulse was … kind of labeled as a gay issue, when in reality it wasn’t.” What do you understand this to mean? Does this seem like an accurate assessment to you? Why or why not?
  2. The article refers to a number of issues that make even basic survival a challenge for many LGBTQ+ Hispanics. Can you identify what some of these intersecting issues are? Do you think that this complexity is understood by many non-Hispanic LGBTQ+ people? Why or why not?
  3. The story primarily focuses on challenges faced by Hispanic LGBTQ+ people. Looking at the other side, what are some of the signs of progress and hope that you see in your work with LGBTQ+ Hispanics and their families? Can you discuss ways that the passage of the Equality Act would help? Are there other services needed to support this population?

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