March 27, 2017

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ and ally topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by e-mailing info@straightforequality.org.

This month's article:

Wave of Vandalism, Violence Hits LGBTQ Centers Across Nation

Source: NBC News

Author: Mary Emily O’Hara

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What factors do you think have led to the increase in vandalism and violence at LGBTQ-affirming spaces (like community centers) in recent months?
  2. According to the article, a coalition has launched a project called Communities Against Hate to document incidents of vandalism, harassment, and violence across the country that may not be captured by the FBI Hate Crimes Annual Report. Do you think this will be effective? Why or why not?
  3. Up until this point, there has been a significant amount written about the loss of LGBTQ-focused places like neighborhoods, bars, and community centers because of the increase in acceptance of people who are LGBT identified. Do you think incidents like those highlighted in this article will create a resurgence of LGBTQ-exclusive spaces? Why or why not?
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