What’s New on the Forum: Identity, Self-Acceptance, and Health

By 4:00am PST July 21, 2020

LGBTQ+ Youth Resources: Identity, Self-Acceptance, and Health 


“I really recommend exploring ways to celebrate yourself. It can be as easy as reading more queer literature, watching more movies about queer people, listening to queer musicians, playing dress-up by yourself…Whatever it is that makes you feel celebrated on your own, let’s not let that go to waste just because we are in quarantine. You are strong, beautiful, and amazing. Your identities deserve to be celebrated. ” – Maddy, Peer Health Exchange 


In partnership with Peer Health Exchange, we’ve compiled a list of resources for LGBTQ+ youth to help young people access spaces and structures that support, affirm, and celebrate their identities. In this video, we’ve tapped college student Maddy—who identifies as queer—to share how she is staying in touch with that aspect of her identity while at home. Even while social distancing Maddy explains how she finds ways to celebrate her identity in this video. 


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Editorial Associate, XQ Institute. Hana is a recent graduate of Barnard College in New York and has spent the last two years working around issues of economic inequality, welfare reform, and gender justice.