Many people in the LGBTQ and allied communities were surprised and disturbed by the outcome of the recent presidential election. The election results represent different things to different people, and some in our communities feel shattered and overwhelmed.
Fortunately, we have several decades of research (which started right here in Boulder) that helps us to understand the psychological impact of political events like this on our community. Moreover, this research offers us some important clues about how we can best manage the impact of these events and use them to take care of ourselves and our communities.
I will describe what we know by referring to three different sets of experiences. (The Immediate Aftermath, As Time Goes On, And On To The Future)