This is a thread for lesbians, gay people, bi people, trans people and general queers and the like to congregate and discuss issues that pertain to us, offer and seek advice/support, and generally hang out and be gaymers talking about video games and lgbtness. All are welcome to post regardless of identity so long as you’re respectful (which you should do anyway since, well, forum rules.)
Just making this because there was a similar thread on a, uh, certain website a lot of us used to go on, which had been incredibly useful to me and a lot of others and had generally been a fun time.
- Give good faith that everyone in the thread has a good reason to be in the thread.
a. Avoid profiling people for not fitting your image of gay/trans/queerness or for being lgbt in a different way from you.
b. Sometimes people don’t know who they are and that’s ok. Allow them to describe themselves without pressure to self-identify as one thing or another. A cool thing about the internet is you can explore who you are online without the pressure of it being connected to your offline identity.
c. Refrain from discourse or discussions surrounding who does or does not belong in lgbtq spaces, or what letters should go in the acronym, or if we should use that acronym or not.
- Keep in mind that we are posting in a public thread.
a. Do not post personal information you do not want ending up on some “lolcow” forum. LGBT populations are ripe targets and we want you to be safe. Congregating in public has always had risks for use throughout history but if we just think before speaking I think the reward of community outweighs the risk.
b. If you need to discuss something sensitive I highly recommend taking it to PMs with who you want to speak to, or PMing each other your discord/matrix/telegram/xmpp and discussing it there.
- It’s okay to be “off-topic” or light hearted. It’s okay to post something serious and “harsh the vibes.” The tone of the thread can be dynamic like that.
- Like the mental health thread, remember that nobody here can be your therapist or social worker. We can offer advice from personal experiences and it’s okay to check in on an ongoing situation if you need to. But please seek professional help when it gets to that point and keep in mind the limits of what internet strangers can do for you.
Trans lifeline: 877-565-8860 offers crisis counseling 24/7 and saves many lives.
Trevor Project: 866-488-7386. Another LGBT crisis counseling 24/7 hotline, specifically for youth
Fenway Health Adult Hotline: (888) 340-4528 A hotline active from 6pm-11pm for LGBT individuals age 25+ to get health advice relating to safe sex and HIV, referrals to lgbt-friendly clinics and therapists, and emotional support around coming out and other issues.
Fenway Health Youth Hotline: (800) 399-PEER Same as above but with individuals under the age of 25, hours are 5:30pm to 10pm
Pronoun Practicing Game: http://minus18.org.au/pronouns-app/
Not Your Mom’s Trans 101: http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/asher-not-your-mom-s-trans-101
CenterLink: http://www.lgbtcenters.org/Centers/find-a-center.aspx A tool for finding local LGBT community centers, though only their member affiliates are listed so it’s worth googling around too.
GLMA Directory: Click here for it, the link is super long This is a directory of LGBT-friendly medical practitioners.
WPATH Directory: Another long link Directory of trans-competent medical practitioners.
Lemme know if there’s anything you want added to the OP