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Re: Live GR: Discrimination, 18th of May, 7:30 pm AEST

For sure @WheresMySquishy! Such a great variety of valuable information from everyone, thank you so much! I look forward to any additional insights later, if anyone else would like to add their thoughts at any time!

Goodnight, all! Smiley Very HappyHeart

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Re: Live GR: Discrimination, 18th of May, 7:30 pm AEST

@Hozzles I’m Sorry I’m very late. I am currently going through some stuff so I might not be able to contribute tonight. I might answer the questions when I am feeling better though Smiley Happy I’m keen to read the responses
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Re: Live GR: Discrimination, 18th of May, 7:30 pm AEST

@Hozzles magic!! Smiley Tongue thanks!

 

1. What might discrimination look like? What contexts can discrimination occur in?
Literally everywhere there are people. 
Some of my worst experiences though have been with medical professionals. Discrimination in the medical field is so common and can really impact people's healthcare..
 
2. Who are some people who are more likely to face discrimination in our current society?
Get ready for a long answer...
LGBTQIA+ people. There's a lot of that. Atm trans and bi people seem to be particularly popular targets Smiley Indifferent
Anyone who isn't thin.
People of colour and aboriginal people.
Disabled, mentally ill and chronically ill people, including anyone who is pre- or without a diagnosis. 
Women and other people who present in feminine ways.
 
3. What are some things we can do to prevent ourselves from judging or discriminating against others?
Question things you think about other people. Question assumptions. Try to remember that you know very little about the person.
 
4. What can you do/ where can you get support if you're being discriminated against?
Name it. Make sure that the person understands that they are treating you/ your community differently to how they treat people they don't discrimate against. My personal favorite "Are you a high functioning or low functioning non-autistic person?" in response to that #$%!ing question about functioning.
Correct it. "That's not how that mental illness actually works..."
And yeah there's a lot and I could write literally essays about this but I won't make you all read that...
 
5. How can you support someone who is being discriminated against?What are some good ways to be there for someone who is facing discrimination? Maybe something you've done before and recommend to others!
One thing that I wish people would do is stand up for me. It's exhausting having to fight for myself all the time when no one else has to. This is especially the case for people who are unable/ not safe to do this themselves. 
 
Also, one thing I've both heard of and experienced is people dismissing people's experience of discrimination. " He didn't mean it like that." "She didn't know you were trans" "They're only looking after your health" are not helpful. They don't change the impact ofthe discrimination. Try "They did what!?" or "That's not okay.. are you alright after that?"
 
6. How can we take steps towards change in society to make it a less discriminating place? Can you think of any other ways to be an ally for groups facing prejudice?
The fun question!
Correct assumptions.
Avoid using stigmatizing language and slurs. (please, please do not use slurs as insults oh my gosh I hear this so much)
Point out issues (eg. How are wheelchair users meant to get up here?)
Trust. People's. Experiences. Read things written by people who have faced discrimination. They might bring up microaggresions and issues that you didn't even realise were a problem.
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Re: Live GR: Discrimination, 18th of May, 7:30 pm AEST

@Tiny_leaf  What you said about discrimination in the medical field and pointing out issues is so true. I was at the hospital today and since I had last been there, they made it so that the lift only went up to the ground floor, when my specialist is on the next level up. There is no other way to get to that level unless you take the stairs. I don't know how people who are post-op or have mobility issues are going to manage.
There was also a really great report about consumer and carer experiences with FND. I was so sad to read about everyone's experiences, but it was also validating that we were not alone in having them and feeling discriminated against.

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Re: Live GR: Discrimination, 18th of May, 7:30 pm AEST

@WheresMySquishy as someone with mobility issues who has had appointments that were only accessible by stairs.. yup..

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Re: Live GR: Discrimination, 18th of May, 7:30 pm AEST

@ecla34  @Hozzles  @WheresMySquishy  thank you so much for running such a fantastic GR, I have loved reading through all of your responses - @Tiny_leaf  @Eden1717  @Saltwaterdreamtime  @Bananatime04  it's been so valuable to read different perspectives on this, and thank you for sharing your own experiences as well. Awareness of microaggressions and implicit bias is something that I've become much more attuned to in recent years, and I think being mindful of implicit biases that you may carry is incredibly important.

 

I feel like it can be easy for people to be totally blind to barriers that can exist for other people in society - I know that when I was a parent of a small child and suddenly navigating public transport with a pram I was suddenly aware of how many accessibility issues there were that I simply hadn't noticed, I'm ashamed to say. 

 

I also love the points people have made here about calling out prejudice when you see it, and being a good ally. 

 

Thanks so much for the thought provoking and interesting discussion! 

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Re: Live GR: Discrimination, 18th of May, 7:30 pm AEST

Can we continue this discussion somewhere? @Janine-RO I have a story to
share about an incident of discrimination I had once and the power of
speaking up
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Re: Live GR: Discrimination, 18th of May, 7:30 pm AEST

@Saltwaterdreamtime  you're more than welcome to continue the discussion here, or make another stand alone thread if you'd prefer - it would be incredibly valuable to hear about your experiences. 

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Re: Live GR: Discrimination, 18th of May, 7:30 pm AEST

Cool - when I get time. Need find a way to reframe it a little and
emphasise why I needed someone to stand up, maybe later tonight I will
post
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Re: Live GR: Discrimination, 18th of May, 7:30 pm AEST

Thanks @Hozzles for the tag, and the question list!
Can we maybe add a list of all the questions at the end of every GR/Live Chat? I know that I can't make it to a lot of them, so it would be very helpful for those who can't join at the time! Smiley Happy

1. I agree with everyone on this question, and I have been discriminated against before, too. I may not have a different sexuality, or be a stereo typically "Different" person, but I have been bullied in the past, by others against being sensitive over stress, having mental illness, and to their opinion, "Attention-seeking".
I agree that anyone and everyone can be discriminated against, for any reason, and anywhere, in the workplace/school, in a relationship/friendship, or in the general public of any place in the world. Which is quite sad to see, but its just how our world works, unfortunately.
2. Again, I agree with everyone here. Anyone and everyone can and has been discriminated against, at some point in their lives. Whether it be from race, sexuality, relationship, workplace/school, "Clique", or just for being themselves.
3. Trying to make sure you include people's pronouns, and respecting what some people have gone through. Like everyone else has said, just respecting everything you can think of in general.
4. All the listed sites and articles, and talking to people you trust and know they will understand. Discrimination can leave huge impacts, even when its unintentional.
5. Being there for them, and just listen until they ask for input or for some help to do something about it.
6. I basically agree with everyone else here! Smiley Happy