Rainbow Responders, an initiative developed in Scotland by Pink Saltire, have just emailed me the results of their recent study into the effects of lockdown on the Scottish LGBT+ community, and I’m relaying the email to you in full in this post. It makes interesting, and concerning, reading.
Study uncovers an ‘epidemic of loneliness’
2 out of 3 LGBT+ people have faced isolation or loneliness during the COVID pandemic and it has been the single biggest challenge for the community, as outlined in a new report published today.
Ok, so I know this might make me very unpopular with a lot of people but I really have had enough of the world wide incompetence regarding Covid-19.
Let’s be absolutely honest here, we, the human race, are at war.
But the point is we are at war with something that almost no government in the world seems to have an appropriate sense of urgency in addressing.
From Wikipedia: As of 09:23 UTC on 9 October 2020, a total of 36,542,723 cases are confirmed in more than 227 countries and territories, and 26 cruise and naval ships. There are 10,003,011 active cases and 1,062,360 deaths.
Evidence suggests that the disproportionately high incidence of poor mental health within the LGBTI+ population living rurally is due to prejudice, isolation and minority stress. Prejudice and lack of inclusion is experienced in social life, the public sector, work life and school. Evidence shows that service provision is not meeting the needs of LGBTI+ people in rural areas in Scotland. This lack of provision leads to feelings of isolation and lack of visibility.
We know that these are big issues with significant impact on the community, and Covid 19 has potentially made things worse.
We want to ensure that LGBTI people living rurally are heard when it comes to social, economic and community recovery.
Please join us on the 17th of September at 6pm. For an online event to allow for open and safe discussion around LGBTI inclusion and equality. Open to all LGBTI people who live and work within rural spaces, who would like to share their experiences in order to see improvements made.
This is not an easy post for me to write and it may be a little disjointed.
For the past four years I’ve been one of the Coordinators of our local transgender support organisation, a position which has meant so much to me because of the good that has been achieved by the group and the help that we have been able to provide to so many people at various stages of their journeys of discovery and awareness.
Unfortunately, due to personal difficulties that I have, I realised about eighteen months ago that this work was becoming too much for me and I made it clear that I needed to step down and hand over to someone who would be able to cope better with the demands of the position. That change never happened, and then along came Covid-19.
As a result my accident in 2006 I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury which still affects my daily life even now.
As part of my recovery and rehabilitation process I joined up with Fife Headway, the local branch of the Headway brain injury association and, although my injury didn’t affect me in physical ways, I met a lot of people there with quite serious mobility and motabily issues. As a result of that my views on disabilities changed dramatically as I now have a far greater understanding of the issues involved.
The current lock down and restrictions imposed upon us over the past few months have resulted in a dramatic increase in weight due to “comfort eating” and, added to my circulation problems which cause me such pain in my feet, I was starting to wonder how I was ever going to be able to get into an exercise routine that was suitable for me. It would have to be something that I can do easily, especially to start with, as I’m now so lacking in muscle mass too from lack of exercise over the recent months.
Just by chance the following video appeared today in my YouTube recommended list and upon starting to watch it I immediately knew that I would be able to learn from it.
I’ve not posted for a few days because despite trying to keep you all boosted up during the current pandemic I fell into a slump myself due to all this prolonged isolation. During this time I have, however, continued to research things that I consider you might enjoy and happened upon this very clever little film which looks at gender stereotypes from a “reversed” viewpoint.
I do encourage you to watch it right through to the point at which the credits start. 😀