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Gantt Center hosts conversation on Black LGBTQ mental health
Free video discussion on Aug. 25
Published Monday, August 24, 2020 10:20 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

The Harvey B. Gantt Center will host a free video conversation on mental health in the Black LGBTQ community on Aug. 25.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center’s latest installment of the “Unmasked” series focuses on mental health in the Black LGBTQ community.

Tuesday's panel discussion is a conversation about mental health in the community and how have problems been exacerbated in the context of race and sexual orientation with questions surrounding self-esteem and identity.

The conversation, which starts at 7 p.m. via the Gantt Center’s YouTube channel, will be led by Charlotte Black Pride Chair Shann Fulton and includes Time Out Youth Center housing specialist Shakira Clarke, licensed marriage and family therapist Erin Steele, and Jermaine Nakia Lee, co-founder of Charlotte Black Pride. 

The panelists will discuss the sources of increased risk of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD—which fester from a lack of safe spaces, fear of expressing sexual identity, trauma and societal pathologization of people who identify as LGBTQ within the Black community.

Viewing the conversation is free. To chat, you’ll need a YouTube account with a Gmail email address.

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