Social stigma, micro-aggressions, discrimination, and even outright violence have been reported by SGM people throughout their lives, in multiple settings. Such negative experiences can contribute to severe health outcomes such as depression, substance use, self-harm, and suicidality.
To counteract these harms, a cultural shift is needed. Creating spaces and opportunities that promote understanding, prioritize inclusion, and highlight lived experiences can be the first steps towards a more diverse and healthy community.
- Safe Spaces Hawaii
- GLSEN Safe Space Kit (no-cost download)
- LGBTQ+ Toolkit from Partners in Care (O‘ahu)
- Hawaii Island LGBTQ Pride
- Book Lists for Children and Teens
For local SGM reading lists for various age groups, contact Jan Kamiya, Hawaii State Public Library System at [email protected]