The holidays can be a wonderful, joyous time — but if that’s not the case for you, you’re far from alone. We’ll be looking at different strategies for holiday stressors as the week goes on.
For a lot of queer people, the holidays can bring up particularly difficult issues and memories. The folks at Everyone Is Gay got out ahead of some of those hard times with a free care package for anyone who needs it. The kit encourages self-care in many forms.
— Everyone Is Gay (@everyoneisgay) December 13, 2016
Here’s how its creators describe it:
‘Tis the holiday season, and that means oh-so-many-things to oh-so-many-of-us. Perhaps you are headed home from college, or maybe you have decided to spend the holidays with friends this year. Maybe you live at home with supportive, encouraging family members, or you might live at home with family who either may not be supportive or may be unaware of your sexuality or gender identity. Wherever you are, and whoever you are, the holiday season should always be one full of warmth, love, and light. With that in mind, we’ve worked with our very dear (and queer!) friends to put together a holiday e-care package called ‘Where the Love Light Gleams’ so that – no matter what – you get a dose of love and kindness (and coloring and music and crosswords…)!
The tools included in the e-care package are all geared toward the very important act of self-care. You can start, if you like, by popping your headphones in and listening to the songs on our holiday playlist, curated by Jenny Owen Youngs with a cover designed by Kate Leth. Next, maybe you’ll want to read some of the advice, essays, & resources we’ve compiled to help soothe some of your worries. If you’re feeling a little low or lost, dig into the holiday-and-queer-themed crossword puzzle created by Carrie Wade, print out the coloring or journaling pages, or read the cute-as-hell holiday comic, all designed by Brittney Williams!
Everyone Is Gay is an organization that offers advice and resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Intersex, and Asexual youth and works with families and educators to foster understanding. There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the kit if you don’t identify as LGBTQIA, but most of the resources are designed with queer people in mind.
You can sign up for the kit to have it sent directly to your inbox for free. Whether you’re looking for some holiday cheer or just want to get through the next couple weeks and be done with Christmas for another year, you’ll probably find something in it to help.