June 3, 2020

COVID-19 Survival Guide: Living in lockdown with unsupportive family members

LGBTQI, IGLYO

Living with family members that don’t support you or recognise who you are can be incredibly stressful and hard, especially during the lockdown. It’s really important that you take good care of yourself and you find avenues where you CAN be yourself, or at least feel connected to other people who do support you. Many support groups have moved their services online, either to online video calls or providing support via email or phone. There is a plethora of resources, videos and other content online that you can watch and listen to make yourself feel better and better about your situation. There’s also a wide range of amazing and supportive books you can read.

So there might be a Facebook group or a discord server or a Tumblr where you can find people who are also in need of support. There might be national helplines that you can call or email that can support you in a time of need. Maybe there is a family member in the house that is possibly a bit more supportive than the others, and maybe you can seek them out and try to talk with them about this.

Practical tips/points

Find a book, a video game, or a hobby to occupy yourself and remember: this won’t last forever!

The COVID-19 Survival Guide is a project in collaboration with Fox and Owl, the creators of The Trans Teen Survival Guide, on what it means to be a young trans person and how to deal with topics such as gender dysphoria, hormone blockers, surgery and more. They also run My Genderation, a film project that celebrates trans lives and trans experiences.

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