March 26, 2018

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.

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by emailing [email protected].

LGBT harassment in the era of #MeToo

Source:  Philly Voice

Author:  Natalie Hope McDonald

Questions for Discussion:

  1. The article outlines CDC statistics as well as data from the EEOC regarding the rate of experience with sexual violence and harassment among people who are LGBTQ. Were you aware that such experiences were so much more prevalent? If so, what led you to that knowledge? If not, why do you think that is the case?
  2. The author suggests a number of factors that lead to higher rates of assault and lower rates of reporting among people who are LGBTQ. Based on your personal experience, which factors resonate most with you? What could your group do to create an environment where those who have experienced sexual violence or assault will feel more comfortable coming forward?
  3. There have been many conversations about the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement in traditional media, social media, and in one-on-one conversations over the last six months. How can your group or organization use this ongoing dialogue to encourage conversations about intersectionality or build your coalition?