Stigma is hard to break in society – but it’s harmful and it needs to be done.
As a gay, indigenous trans woman who also identifies as two spirit, Chevi knows all too well about the stigma these factors place on her. In her interview, she talks about being assaulted, and, after recovering, starting a rally to turn hate to hope.
Paint, who writes on what it’s like to have herpes, knows too – and in their essay, works to educate others about what living with the STI is really like. They write that they worry how having herpes will affect their sex life, and uses research to show that it’s not as bad as people think.
Carolyn dives into how government officials are using the stigma of sex to create laws like FOSTA-SESTA, which are affecting sex workers by taking away their free speech on the internet. She writes on how stigma can not only affect someone’s livelihood, but can be life-threatening by making it more dangerous to work.
After reading this issue, it’s my hope that you’ll come away thinking about the kinds of stigmas people face on a daily basis, and the importance of working together to help get rid of them so that people can have a better quality of life.
After all, stigma is just old ways of thinking – and together, we’re creating better media that breaks these patterns.
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