On October 21, our Service and Outreach committee executed a wonderful activity to give the voiceless a voice. Everyone in the room was given a pen and paper, and then was asked a series of personal questions with topics such as religious beliefs, sexuality, mental health, privilege, and family. While the answers were recorded, all responses were anonymous. Then the papers were switched so that everyone had someone else’s, and we proceeded to ask the questions again. This time if the question applied to the person whose paper you were holding, you were asked to stand. This way we could see how many people in the room struggled with an issue.
Many of the answers were expected; nearly everyone in the room had an LDS background, for instance. Nearly everyone had struggled at some point with self-esteem issues. Other numbers were sobering. Too many had considered self-harm, and some felt they still did not have a good friend to speak with.
Too often we fear to let others know the problems we face, and in the quiet heart is hidden sorrow that the eye can’t see. This activity is a reminder that we have a lot of work to do to make sure that everyone can feel welcome and safe.
More than 100 people came to the activity, including many visitors. We invite everyone to our next activity, where we’ll be discussing the role of parents in supporting their LGBTQ/SSA child. We hope to see you there!