Home for the Holidays?



The holiday season is upon us once again and we are confronted with the question of where we are going to spend our time.  This can be a stressful time for many of us. An article from the Gay and Lesbian Well-Being series in Psychology Today says “The reality for most families, especially those with an LGBT member, is not quite the same. We believe in the magic of the holidays and expect difficult or disapproving family members to (finally!) behave differently this time. When they don’t, it brings up unhealed hurts and points of ongoing battle”.  However, not all of us share this holiday experience. According to a nifty graph published in Out Travel, 59% of the gay and lesbian participants that traveled home during the holiday season had a positive experience. Some couples even shared a bed while visiting their families.


What is your experience? Do you go home for the holidays to see family or do you spend time with your “chosen” family? If you do go home, is it to an accepting, tolerant, or hostile environment? Is your partner invited into the household or are you forced to choose? Single guys: does your family ask about your dating life and/or expect you to settle down soon? While home do you use Grindr or other apps to meet up with people? What strategies do you use to diffuse/handle possibly negative situations with family members?


Please join in our discussion at the DC LGBT Center this Friday, December 5th at 8:30pm as we celebrate the holiday season. Continuing the holiday merriment, after the discussion has ended a group will walk to view the National Christmas Tree on the White House lawn.


Gay District meets at The DC Center, located inside the Reeves DC government building (2000 14th Street NW, Suite 105 Washington, DC 20009). Attendees will need to enter the Reeves building via the “Exit” doors on 14th Street, facing McDonald’s. We encourage attendees to bring a photo ID to gain access inside the building. If you do not have or are unable to present a photo ID, please contact a facilitator ahead of time by email or The DC Center’s Executive Director David Mariner.


This week’s facilitators are Taylor Monson and guest facilitator Robert Soriano!

Below are the two articles mentioned above:



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