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August 24 – 9:00 am AK | 10:00 am PST | 11:00 am MST | 12:00 pm CST |1:00 pm EST. Presenter: Elicia Goodsoldier, Children and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Red Wind Consulting. COVID-19 has serious implications for the well-being of LGBTQ and Two Spirit youth. Prior to the pandemic, LGBTQ and Two Spirit youth suffered the highest rates of depression, anxiety, suicidality as well as lack of support. We will take a look at some challenges that the youth face and explore how we can address the social impacts of physical distancing, ensuring affirmation of their identities, building strong support systems, as well as addressing the impact of school closures. While much might not be known with regards to Fall school closures, we can ensure that protective factors provided by schools such as supportive individuals and extracurricular activities can also be accessed virtually.

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