In these days of physical distancing, as well as in a world that has grown to be highly polarized, many folks are feeling silo’ed and isolated. Look for opportunities to connect with others in formal and informal ways. It might be through a neighborhood community group, a place of worship, employment, or schools. Can you find ways to connect issues that are important to you with issues that are important to others? Here are some ideas:
- Join online groups that help to connect you with your neighbors, like Facebook community groups or Nextdoor. You could also join discussion groups specific to trans/non-binary/LGBTQ+ identities.
- Think of creative ways to engage with the people in your neighborhood. You could send postcards, decorate your lawn with yard signs, find Little Free Libraries near you, or consider starting your own!
- Share your pride by wearing trans-themed clothing or gear, like buttons, flags, etc.
- Hang out in your front yard and chat with neighbors from a safe distance.
- Schedule a Zoom call or phone call with friends and/or family. During this time of physical isolation, connecting with others virtually can help to prevent social isolation. While on a call you could try cooking together, sharing a meal, crafting, or playing a virtual game. Watch and discuss some of FORGE’s many new videos!
- Join a book club or start your own. If there’s a book you’ve been planning on reading, reach out to a few friends or acquaintances to schedule a time to chat about it. This is also a great way to connect over topics that are important to you. Here is a list of 10 books to read in 2020 by trans and non-binary authors.
- Volunteer for an organization that you believe in.
- Write a letter to someone you care about. This also supports the USPS!
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