LGBTQ Pride Month

A Discussion About Identity Within The LGBTQ Community Offers A Lesson We Could All Learn

"What you think of me is your problem ... your challenge."

No part of our identity lives in a vacuum. We may identify as male, female, transgender, or something else entirely, while simultaneously being able-bodied or disabled, while coming from a lower-, middle-, or upper-class upbringing, and so on. 

But sometimes, it seems, what we are or appear to be on the outside influences others to avoid looking at who we are on the inside, and all the complexities in between.

Judgements and assumptions get made, but ultimately, it's up to each of us to determine how we'll react to the words and actions of others.

Part 3 of A Plus' video series demonstrates just that. Along with continuing the intergenerational dialogues between LGBTQ elders and youth (seen in the clip above), it explores overlapping identities with a sliver of conversation about being a person of color and LGBTQ, and how each respective community sometimes reacts to the other. (You can and should check out part 1 and part 2 of these engaging conversations — the topics of which range from coming out, to love, to identity — or you can check out the clips below.)

It's the latest in our LGBTQ Pride Month coverage under our theme, "There's No One Way to Be Gay," which strives to tell stories about the diversity within the community. If you haven't been keeping up, you can read more of it here.

A Plus is proud to have collaborated with Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) — the United States' largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults — for this story. Learn more about SAGE by visiting www.sageusa.org.

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