Healing Reflections: Speak + Be Seen

Hello there REVOLUTIONARIES… as we mentioned last week, Kaeti’s out of town  so we’ll be filling in with new blog series and healing from our internet community. She’ll be returning to normal blogging schedules next week with Tarot Tuesday + Dreamboat!

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Today we wanted to share a contribution about disclosure from one of the websites we mention on our mental health resource page Queer Mental Health.

Queer Mental Health is an online peer support site for LGBTQ identified individuals living with mental health challenges and their partners. They curate a collection of personal stories about struggle and healing.

Disclosure, visibility and the “legions of closets” that take up space in our lives have been on our minds a lot lately this way. How do we disclose in a way that feels safe, how does visibility help/hurt us and what energy do we put into keeping our closet doors shut that we could be using elsewhere?

It was this that struck us about this post entitled “Full Disclosure: HIV, Bipolar, Insomnia… Not Easy but Necessary” on Queer Mental Health last week. It is a personal account from one person’s life about struggling with disclosure and, also, having a positive experience with their disclosure.

We thank them for their bravery, openness and sharing the gift of story with our community! We hope you’ll head over to give them a read!

COM|PASSionately,

The REVOLUTION

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MHM Ep. 3: Disclosure

Good morning REVOLUTIONARIES!

We hope that you’ve all been safe and well this past week! On today’s podcast we’re talking about the complexities and intracies of disclosure and how we can make it more affirming for those of us doing the disclosure.

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You can listen here:

or on LibSyn!

We’ll start with a word to our allies and the 3 C’s of being safe places for folks to disclose to:

  1. Be Conscious- Check your privilege, know this is difficult and know that you don’t have the right to this information.
  2. Be Considerate- Can you help everyone navigate physical environment safely, are you a safe person generally and are you using affirming and non-normative language?
  3. Get Consent- If someone has disclosed to you, they have disclosed to YOU only. Be respectful and honor this information.

We’ll also discuss planning the best structure for our disclosure, getting clear on our needs, getting clear on the space we have to educate others and how to communicate everything clearly and succinctly.

Here are some of the links that we mention in our podcast:

Thanks so much for listening! We hope that this was helpful and we’d love to hear your thoughts, experiences and resources as well!

In COM|PASSionate REVOLUTION,

Skye + Traci

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