Why I Created OUTthink – An LGBTQIA Podcast
It’s an exciting day for me as, today, I publish my first podcast, ‘OUTthink’.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit down and explore topics relating to the LGBTQIA community with people who can offer an amazing insight. Within those conversations, there are stories of shame, stigma, alienation, abandonment and, most importantly, self-acceptance and self-love.
These are stories of people who have been thrown into some unexpected and difficult situations and have managed to make their way to acceptance, understanding, empathy and pride.
The reason why I wanted to do this podcast was simple; people often don’t put mental health into the spotlight, let alone some of the added issues that come with belonging to the LGBTQIA community. When we are faced with unresolved shame and stigma in our lives, what holds it in place is keeping it secret. Within these podcasts, we allow the thoughts, feelings and emotions that are often not discussed to be brought to light, to be shared with the world and to allow those often uncomfortable thoughts and feelings to be released.
Within these podcasts, you may hear a lot of yourself and, if you do, I hope that hearing the experiences of others helps you to move even further into self-acceptance and pride.
You may also hear about experiences that you may never have thought of before and, in those moments, I hope it offers up a fascinating insight into what is important to express and share.
These podcasts aim to discuss what happens inside our minds when we’re placed in a situation where we may feel less than our true selves and to explore what others have done to help bring them closer back again.
There are also opportunities to have discussions with mental health and medical professionals exploring topics such as sexual fluidity and sexual health. In a world where people can be so often shamed for simply being who they are and true to themselves, it felt important to be able to discuss these topics and to gain a greater understanding.
For those who ‘don’t believe in hypnosis’, don’t worry! Regardless of the fact that I am a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, hypnotherapy and hypnosis is rarely mentioned in the podcast. In fact, my aim is to allow my guests to really have the spotlight and to simply offer up questions that may help to explore deeper into the thinking behind their experience. Additionally, I’ve also been trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) which you are more likely to hear filter through into these podcasts.
These podcasts have been made with the LGBTQIA community in mind however you don’t need to be gay, lesbian, transgender, bi-sexual, queer, intersex or Asexual in order to appreciate and identify with the guests and the topics. For some, it might be a great way to gain some insight into some of the challenges and difficulties that our community faces.
I welcome any feedback that any listeners may have regarding OUTthink – or if you would like to share you story, please feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, through my Contact page, via LinkedIn or on my Release Hypnosis Facebook page.
The first guest, Daniel, talks about his experience of living with HIV for the past 11 years. You can read the transcription of the interview here.
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