Queer Let's Talk
Offered weekly throughout the spring semester, starting February 25, 2021:
Thursdays noon - 1 p.m.
The Student Counseling Center (SCC) is partnering with the Center for Gender Equity (CGE) to create Queer Let's Talk! Queer Let's Talk aims to provide informal drop-in consultations and a space for support via protected data Zoom (HIPAA-compliant secure platform). It is co-facilitated by an SCC therapist and a peer that identifies as LGBTQQIA (from CGE). The Queer Let’s Talk program welcomes students who are enrolled at Pacific University and self-identify as LGBTQQIA. All lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual/aromantic/agender 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. Queer Let’s Talk can also be a space to share your personal story and build community connection. This is an identity affirming space.
Queer 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.
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.
This service is free and operated on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is not required, but you will need to enter your PUNet ID to access the zoom link. We look forward to seeing you there!
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The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to the LGBTQ community. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 866-488-7386.
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