In the month of November during a time of gratitude with loved ones, a tragic occurrence disrupted the LGBTQ community in Central Colorado. Currently, it appears many news platforms search for blame and motive of the perpetrator. There are even opportunities to see the good in our society by highlighting those that came to rescue. Other platforms unfortunately seek the opportunity to have discussions for political division. But small in number, are there conversations that explore how LGBTQIA+ communities & providers are held after horrific events such as this one. As a result, this piece will serve as a brief list of responses for those in the counseling field who support current survivors of violence in the LGBTQIA+ community.
According to USA today, there have been 526 mass shootings since 2006 (USA Today, 2022). & yet, it is unclear how many of these shootings have been directed to queer communities and the possibility of those being underreported. Needless to say, we have an issue in US society. Until macro change is initiated in gun control and LGBTQIA+ protection, it is important clinicians, community organizers, researchers, and counselor educators remain creative & curious how to hold space for LGBTQIA+ communities. Here are some beginning steps to start this holding process below:
In closing, below you will find additional resources those in the counseling field can use in support of LGBTQIA+ survivors of violence.
By Dr. Marcus D. Smith, PhD, LCPC
National Queer & Trans Therapist of Color Network. (2022, November 29). Radical Syllabus. NQTTCN. https://nqttcn.com/en/2021/05/03/radical-syllabus/
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USA Today (2022, August 18). Mass killing database: Revealing trends, details and anguish of every US event since 2006. https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/graphics/2022/08/18/mass-killings-database-us-events-since-2006/9705311002/
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