For some, social isolation is an annoying effect of the pandemic. Yet, LGBT folks have been dealing with it forever. This event is trying to break the stigma.
When the Hungarian government votes to end the legal recognition of transgender people, Polish municipalities establish gay-free zones, and American Republicans declare that civil rights protections do not apply to transgender workers, it becomes clear that the LGBT community’s battle for equal rights is far from over.
During a pandemic, systematic discrimination and lack of civil rights don’t come handy – like other minorities, the LGBT folks are being disproportionately affected by the current safety measures and the ensuing economic crisis. According to the LGBT Foundation, a British national charity, non-heterosexual individuals are more likely to feel isolated, lack support, experience domestic abuse, and see their already often precarious mental health deteriorate.
Yet, amid the sad news, many organizations are helping to break the cycle of bigotry. That’s the case of Link, a UK based LGBT insurance network, that will host the free LGBT online seminar Breaking the Silence. According to its website, the network aims to “help create and maintain workplaces that attract the best LGBT talent to the insurance industry,” offering numerous discussions and talks all year round.
However, Breaking the Silence will be special. Occurring during an extraordinary historical moment, it becomes an ideal and fertile ground to discuss the theme of isolation. You can take part in the virtual panel on May 28 from 12 am BTS (7 pm EDT) via Zoom, where you’ll be joined by authors, activists, and inclusion experts from the whole United Kingdom. They will break down the issue and talk about possible solutions.
Following the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia that happened on May 17, the event will look at the LGBT community’s isolation problem, not only in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic but, more generally, as a plague that has been affecting these identities forever.
Breaking the Silence
The LGBT online seminar starts on May 28 at 12 am BTS (7 pm EDT). Free tickets are available through Eventbrite.