Learning to avoid toxic positivity and to honor our feelings instead.
As the summer inches to an end, we continue to contend with the devastation of the past 18 months. The climate crisis, the fall of Afghanistan, and the ceaseless pandemic touches the lives of everyone. I hold this with you, while I simultaneously prepare my older daughter for her first day of school, and I try to find time to enjoy the outdoors in the early hours of the day. Our lives continue, amongst the chaos and pain around us.
It’s a lot to contend with, and if you’re struggling please remember that you’re not alone. Our blog article this month is about toxic positivity: what it is, how it impacts us, and how to better respond to our emotions. Instead of pretending to be okay if you’re not feeling okay, I invite you to be honest with yourself and with those that care about you regarding how you’re feeling and what you need to be supported.
And if you find yourself needing extra support, we are here. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (323) 388-5578.
Saba Harouni Lurie
On The Blog
“Even after years of doing this work, I’ve had moments when I am feeling sad or frustrated and I’ll catch myself thinking, “well, things could be worse!” While this seems pretty benign at first glance (or first thought…), I’ve come to understand how this falls under the umbrella of toxic positivity. What is toxic positivity? It’s the tendency to suppress, ignore, or disregard how one is really feeling, and…”
LA’s beloved grassroots LGBTQ+ festival returns to Pershing Square on Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 27-29 2021. Friday evening festivities will launch with all-ages entertainment plus a special screening of the full-length documentary, PROUD in a Pandemic. Saturday and Sunday will turn up the heat and feature a diverse array of stage performances.