Reducing Isolation in LGBT Communities
Long Title: Reducing Social Isolation of LGBT Seniors and Youth Through Technology, Centers and Libraries
From homeless LGBT youth to LGBT seniors who have been rejected by their families, this panel will explore the range of issues the youngest and oldest members of the LGBT communities face and how technology, centers and libraries may serve as the best partners to reduce isolation and homelessness.
In some of the most rural portions of the US, libraries have served as neutral information hubs for LGBT seniors and youth where other community resources fall short or are censored such as schools or free wifi hotspots. The rise of the Internet and social media have only accelerated the decrease in the isolation that has long been a part of the LGBT experience but many LGBT communities are still suffering.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What is the reason 40% of homeless youth are LGBT, while nationally only 4% of the US population is LGBT?
- What are some of the isolation issues LGBT seniors face? Why are these issues unique to LGBT seniors?
- How can libraries serves as a common meeting place to reduce feelings of isolation for LGBT communities?
- How can technology reduce isolation felt by LGBT Seniors and Youth?
- How can technology coupled with libraries serve as better support system for LGBT communities?
- John Chrastka Every Library
- Jama Shelton True Colors Fund
- Robert Espinoza True Colors Fund
- Imani Woody Mary's House
Christopher Wood LGBT Technology Partnership.org
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