As a queer practitioner, it is important to use my voice and place of privilege to give voice to issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community. However, during this Pride Month, I have found it hard to find the right words to demonstrate my support for my LGBTQ+ community. Every time I have tried to write something empowering or relatable I feel I have failed. I want to write something so powerful it evokes change – even just for one person. Yet, I suspect, in my sadness and anger- such writing seems impossible. So I simply want to share that “I am mad” and “I am sad.”
I am mad because on the anniversary of the Pulse Night Club shooting access to healthcare was stripped away from LGBTQ+ Americans. I am mad because I live in a province where there have been increased barriers for trans healthcare, GSAs and LGBTQ+ children have been put at increased risk, and the attempts to ban conversion therapy were de-funded. I am mad because I have family and peers who support these governments and their discrimination.
Above all, I am sad. I am filled with so much sadness that my heart aches and my stomach feels like a pit.
I am sad for my queer siblings who suffer. I am sad for those who hold such hatred in their hearts. I am sad for those too ignorant to know they do wrong. I am sad for those who are unwilling to change.
If you are feeling anger and sadness – you are not alone. Be mad. Be sad. These feelings are not weak and they are not wrong. These feelings are not useless. These feelings represent how hard it is to be LGBTQ+ in this world. These feelings represent how we are allied towards change, love, and anti-discrimination. These feelings represent that we are human and that we matter
If you are needing support during this hard time I encourage you to reach out. Below are some resources that you may find helpful – and you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trevor Project – https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
The Trevor Project offers 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention supports for LDBTQ+ young people.
Calgary Outlink – https://www.calgaryoutlink.ca/
Calgary Outlink provides support, education, outreach, and referrals for the LGBTQ2IA+ and allied community in Calgary, Alberta.