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Talking Inclusively: December 2017

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ+ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can use to lead a discussion focused on how we can make space that is more welcoming to everyone.

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Run across an article you’d like us to consider? Let us know by e-mailing [email protected].

Getting Down and Getting Tested At Underground LGBTQ Balls

Source: WFYI Indianapolis

Author:  Emily Forman

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What, if anything, do you know about LGBTQ+ ballroom culture? If you are familiar, what resources and experiences helped you to learn more?
  2. Do you think that grassroots HIV prevention campaigns, like events hosted by Brothers United, can be effective in decreasing the number of Black and Latinx men who test positive each year? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think causes misconceptions and stigma regarding the use of PrEP to prevent HIV transmission?

Extra Credit: Want to learn more about some of the origins of present-day ballroom culture? Check out the 1990 documentary, Paris Is Burning on Netflix.