Navigating the Holidays

The holiday season  can be a time of both celebration and anxiety for LGBTQ+ folks. There are students who go home to a range of acceptance from being in the closet for fear of violence in many forms to being set up on dates by their families. Additionally, some students’ home is Mason due to being rejected from their families or they choose not to go home for a variety of reason.

Here are a number of resources that might be helpful to LGBTQ+ folks who are navigating the holidays:

  • Home for the Holidays- An LGBTQ+ Counselor’s Guide to Surviving the Season by Schoen (2012)
  • Tips for a Happy Holiday for Families, Friends, Allies, and LGBTQ+ People by PFLAG National (n.d.)
  • How to talk politics with friends & family — without getting into a fight by Farley (2016)
  • Self-Care During the Holiday Season by The Trevor Project (2015)

For LGBTQ+ students at Mason who cannot or will not be going home for the holiday and already live on-campus, please email Josh Kinchen jkinchen@gmu.edu for the most up-to-date options for staying the residence halls for Winter Break.