Queer Let's Talk Drop-In Support Group Launches

The Student Counseling Center (SCC) is excited to partner with the Center for Gender Equity (CGE) to create Queer Let’s Talk!

Queer Let's Talk aims to provide informal drop-in consultation and a space for support via protected data Zoom (HIPAA-compliant secure platform). It is co-facilitated by an SCC therapist and a peer who identifies as LGBTQQIA from CGE. 

Queer Let’s Talk is offered every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. throughout the Spring semester starting Feb. 25. All LBGTQQIA folx are welcome, including folx who identify as questioning; this program is not intended for LGBTQQIA allies. 

Speaking with a counselor and peers in a dedicated space can aid students in accessing support, gaining perspective, and exploring resources and options. Students also have the opportunity to discuss how therapy might be beneficial and how to navigate higher education settings rooted in heteronormativity. Let’s Talk can also be a space to share your personal story and build community connection. This is an identity affirming space. 

Let's Talk is considered different from counseling and is not a clinical service. There is no paperwork to fill out, no formal intake, no appointments, and no fees. Students are encouraged to drop by and talk about whatever is important to them. The format can be group or individual, depending on your needs; students can choose to meet privately (via breakout room) if preferred. Meetings are up to one hour long at most, but students can feel free to drop by for a shorter period of time. 

This service is free and operated on a first-come, first-served basis; pre-registration is not required. Visit our website to access the secure zoom link (you will be required to enter your PUNet ID) and for more information.

Please note that Queer Let’s Talk is not a substitute for counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. It is not intended for crises or mental health emergencies.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021