stress en Strange Fruit: Going Home Gay for the Holidays <p></p><p></p><p>It's a story we heard several times during WFPL's <a href="">Defining Fairness</a> series: a young person leaves his or her rural town for college in a bigger city, meets other LGBTQ folks, and comes out! But for some folks, when the holidays roll around and they head home for Christmas... they have to go back into the closet.&nbsp;</p><p>This week we spoke with <a href="">Dr. Stephanie Budge</a> from UofL, who recently taught a workshop on coping with the holidays as an LGBTQ person. She says while some families do overtly antagonistic things (like using the wrong pronoun for trans folks, or refusing to let their LGBTQ family member bring a partner to holiday functions), what she hears about the most is simply ignoring. A young person might come out as queer to their family only for the response to be silence, and an unwillingness to acknowledge their identity.</p><p>Dr. Budge gave us some coping strategies we can all use during moments of holiday stress and family conflict, how to take full advantage of your chosen family's love when your family of origin doesn't support you, and how to tell when things are so bad or unsafe it might be better to skip going home altogether.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 16:36:10 +0000 Laura Ellis 3106 at Strange Fruit: Going Home Gay for the Holidays