Most of the time, this article is dedicated to highlighting an ally-focused effort, or news, or suggesting ways that allies can take action to support their LGBTQ friends. But this month, we need to change it up. This month, we’re calling on everyone--LGBTQ and allies alike--to step back for a moment and make a choice to take care of yourselves.
The past few months have been incredibly difficult for our LGBTQ and ally community—there’s been an onslaught of legislation designed to push back the progress that we’ve made. There was a nearly unimaginable attack on our community in Orlando. And there’s a long election season ahead, one that’s likely to push many into hard advocacy work. Now combine this with the seemingly endless reports of violence and marginalization against communities of color.
No matter how tough you may be, there’s a toll to this work, to hearing these stories, and a tremendous drain to remaining active as it all happens.
So this month isn’t about advocating for you to do something for someone else. It’s about doing something to care for you.
Audre Lorde wrote that "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
So this month’s project is simple: Find ways to take do some self-preservation to ensure that you remain strong, supported, and ready to continue the important work we’re all doing.
Of course, we’re here to help. There are some fantastic resources online to help you find your self-care groove. So check these out, incorporate a few into your routine, and teach others how to do the same.
Stay strong, allies!