October 21, 2019
Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ+ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can use to lead a discussion focused on how we can make space that is more welcoming to everyone.
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Protesters Draw Attention to Violence against Transgender Women of Color at CNN LGBTQ Town Hall
Note: If you have not seen the video of these protests, we suggest that you watch them via the links in the article prior to discussion.
Questions for Discussion:
1. What was your immediate reaction when you saw/heard the protesters? Did you agree with them? Did it make you uncomfortable? Why or why not?
2. Host Anderson Cooper notes that there is a long and rich tradition of protest in the LGBTQ+ community, and these protests are building on that legacy. Do you feel that protesting issues at LGBTQ+ events is a good strategy to motivate action? Why or why not?
3. Did any of your LGBTQ+ friends or colleagues talk about these incidents? Did you note any commonalities in their backgrounds that correlated to their responses (e.g., "People I spoke to of younger generations like Y and Z seemed ok with it, but I found that some of my more seasoned friends resisted the protest."). Did any of these connections -- or lack of connections -- surprise you?