The Vitalyst Spark Podcast

Ep. 16 LGBTQ Communities and COVID-19

Today’s episode is a deep dive and worth your time given the important insights you’ll gain from three awesome advocates for Arizona’s LGBTQ communities. Fair warning, this episode clocks in as one of our longest so far. That’s because so many of us have a long way to go in terms of learning how to interpersonally and systemically support LGBTQ well-being. Arizona cannot lay claim to being a vibrant state without embracing, and learning from, its most vulnerable communities - communities that hold the keys for forward leaps in health and well-being for all Arizonans. Treat this long listen as a sort of two-part episode packaged together. In Part 1, we build understanding of what young LGBTQ communities face on a daily basis, with the added effects of COVID. In Part 2, we’ll go more in-depth regarding root causes and needed systems change. Plus we’ve got a terrific lightning round and a new segment called “once you see it, you can’t unsee it.” So let’s get to it. It’s time to talk about safety, inclusion, supportive environments, oppression, dominant culture, capacity and training, policies, systems and much more. More concisely it’s time to talk about LGBTQ communities, Arizona, and COVID-19. Show links: Kore Press Institute: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Equality Arizona: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram GLSEN Phoenix: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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