July 10, 2021 | Toolkit, Workbook
Black and LGBTQ: Approaching Intersectional Conversations
As the national conversation around racial justice and equality for Black people grows in volume and scope, many Black LGBTQ young people are facing difficult conversations with people who are uninformed about race, queer identities, or the intersection of both. These conversations can take a variety of forms. Some are engaging their white friends for the first time about how being Black impacts their experience in LGBTQ spaces, and others are opening up about the nuances of their queer experiences in Black spaces. For people who hold multiple marginalized identities, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to explore the layers of these conversations with others — especially those whose lived experiences are different.
If you’re considering engaging with people who identify as non-Black in your life about your identities, it’s important to remember that the process of having difficult conversations does not begin or end with the discussion itself. It is essential to consider your well-being and safety at each step in the journey. Here are some approaches to consider before, during, and after a difficult conversation to make sure the dialogue — and your mental health — stays safe.