There has never been enough support for queer & trans people of color (QTPoC), and we need help from our communities as much now as ever before. Diverse groups of people of color are left out of mental health systems and cannot find affirming therapists, and LGBTQIA communities struggle with getting our emotional needs met. Every $1 donated goes to show marginalized individuals that our survival is valuable, that we are valuable.
Funds will be used to:
– Develop an online directory of free, intersectional mental health resources
– Publish personal stories & essays on mental health written by QTPoC
– Commission QTPoC artists for web design
– Record QTPoC Meditation sessions to share online
– Cover web hosting + site building fees for www.RestforResistance.com (now live!)
– Expand social media to ensure LGBTQIA+ and POC communities can locate support
During any social crisis that impacts marginalized people, we are at risk for trauma from witnessing injustices. Hotlines like Trans Lifeline and The Trevor Project are overwhelmed by need, and often trans and queer people can’t reach support in time, as happened after the U.S. election. We need to reach each other before a crisis with affirming mental health resources for all LGBTQIA persons: Black queers, Latinx, Indigenous persons, Muslims, Asians, trans people of color, and more.
"Study after study shows that having a good support network constitutes the single most powerful protection against becoming traumatized," explains The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Yet many QTPoC are affected by the inherent isolation in having multiple marginalized identities, meaning we have fewer loved ones who can understand our challenges when we need help.
On top of that, barriers to health care access, lack of appropriate mental health care services, poverty, and hate crimes create undue stress. It’s no wonder our communities are so affected by depression, anxiety, and chronic suicidality. QTPoC Mental Health is deeply committed to creating community healing spaces and developing free-to-access resources that help us survive.
Check out this list of intersectional mental health articleswe've rounded up for you to learn more about these issues. And please share!
Since March 2015, QTPoC Mental Healthhas been addressing these gaps in community health care. Our volunteers host monthly QTPoC Meditations in Brooklyn, run an online peer support space with 2000+ members, and share intersectional mental health resources on social media.
Please donate to uplift those who experience mental health difficulties and have no options for affordable, accessible support. Help create more resources to support LGBTQIA+ communities and POC who are struggling to survive.
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Join us in person at QTPoC Meditation, 7 pm the last Monday of every month at Brooklyn Community Pride Center. The next one is Monday, January 2nd, so we can gather to begin the new year on grounded footing.