Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) teens have unique medical, cultural, and psychological needs that are not currently being adequately met by the healthcare community. This project seeks to design and implement simulation training for faculty and students at the School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Education, and the School of Social Policy and Practice to improve outcomes for a client population that has an elevated risk of depression, sexually transmitted infections, drug use, and suicide.
Since the onset of the pandemic, politicians, Hollywood actors, and ordinary citizens alike have reminded us that “We are all in this together”. The statement is meant to calm fears and reinforce the idea that a united front is better than our individual desires—a kind of gestalt moment when we aim to see the whole and not simply the parts. Despite the strength of this statement, any observer would also have to take note that we have all been in this differently as well, not in the past two months alone but over generations.