For many LGBTQ+ people of color, holidays are an increasingly stressful time. Many, who because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, don’t feel welcome by family, and others are far away from home and unable to be with their families. COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are likely to force many in our communities into greater isolation, and even if they wanted to gather with others for a Thanksgiving meal, they are prevented from doing so. This virtual forum gathers LGBTQ+ peoples of color in one place to feel that sense of belonging to a community.
“I Am Not Alone @ The Table” is a virtual forum featuring a cooking show presented by Food+People, NYC’s Chefs Mavis-Jay Sanders & Sicily Sierra, (presented at this year’s In My Mind Conference), and Wild Berries’ Ho-Chuck Nation Chef Elena Terry, on behalf of The James Beard Foundation, with menus, cooking suggestions, and by cooking, to enjoy the holiday, even if alone.
The show will be followed by a panel discussion, with MichaelCrumpler, UnitarianUniversalistAssociation, NYC, on issues, such as nutrition, HIV, COVID-19 and their impact on LGBTQ+ people of color mental health, especially, how to survive the feelings of loneliness, isolation, and abandonment many will likely feel during this and other upcoming holidays.