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"Queer Community and Mental Health"

June 30, 2021

With the intention of commending diversity and spreading mindfulness about the LGBQI+ community, we committed to dedicating the entire month to celebrate “Pride Month”. Pride is celebrated in the month of June, as that was the month when the Stonewall riots took place. The Stonewall Riots are significant protests that occurred in 1969 in the US that changed gay rights for many individuals in America and all throughout the world. Pride is a celebration of people coming together in love and affinity to demonstrate how far LGBTQ+ rights have progressed and how much work has to be done in some areas. Pride month is about acknowledgment, correspondence, commending crafted by LGBTQ+ individuals, training in LGBTQ+ history, and bringing issues to light of issues influencing the LGBTQ+ people group.

It also spreads awareness for people to recollect how harmful homophobia was and still can be. Pride is tied in with being proud of what your identity is regardless of who you love. During Pride month there are generally brilliant processions, shows, and walks. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the sessions were held online. 

The Office of Student Affairs coordinated a session a "Queer Community and Mental Health"  on 30th June, Wednesday; at 04:00 PM. Numerous people experience a great deal of mental stress as a result of being one of the vulnerable groups with many others not being aware of the LGBTQ+ community.

Keeping in mind such concerns, the session aimed to construct a comprehension about the psychological well-being worries that the LGBTIQ+ community face and help to make a protected and adoring space where they can feel upheld and comprehended.

The session was facilitated by Raji Manjari Pokhrel (she/they) grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal. Raji has a therapy practice and she loves to do collaborative work using narrative practices and somatic understanding to envision queer ways of being. She is forever grateful for her education and know-how of the world to the Nepali-speaking domestic and eldercare workers’ community in Queens, New York, who taught her to see emotional labor otherwise rendered invisible in everyday life. Raji has a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, New York (2013).In 2019, Raji is also the co-founder of Aaja Cafe and Wellness Space, a space dedicated to queerness and a mental health practitioner.