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Research shows us that being a part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community means you can encounter greater obstacles to social connection and support at any age. Members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community are spread further apart and therefore less likely to encounter others who share queer specific struggles, desires, needs and frustrations. Many non-2SLGBTQIA+ people are allies, and we benefit enormously from their invaluable friendship and support. However, though the human experience is largely universal, sometimes there is a limit to how much someone who isn’t 2SLGBTQIA+ can relate to queer issues.

Here are a series of articles, videos and other content that we have selected to highlight the ongoing struggle of social isolation, loneliness and disconnection experienced by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. If you have suggestions on other content that you think others would benefit from, please feel free to reach out to us at

Understanding social isolation, disconnection and loneliness in the LGBTQ community

  • Understanding both social and emotional isolation (link)
  • LGBTQ people are more than twice as likely to report mental health symptoms (link)
  • Understanding social isolation in LGBTQ old adults (link)

Helpful suggestions

  • Consider volunteering with a local community or LGBTQ organization (link)
  • Take advantage of resources that are out there to inspire connection (link)
  • Tell friends how you’re really feeling (link)
  • Look to deepen your connection with pre-existing relationships (link)