SAFE SOCIAL SPACES
Recent research conducted by OUT suggests that many lesbian women experience:
- Isolation and loneliness;
- Depression and guilt;
- Self-directed shame and doubt;
- Low self-esteem and respect;
- Persistent negative self-images.
For them, connection, affirmation, belonging, excitement, and escapism become tantamount. Social spaces, with available alcohol and drugs, to a large degree cater to these needs. However, this is for the most part a temporary solution for what is essentially a deep-seated ongoing need. This becomes especially clear once the party is over and the individual must return to his life and face his own reality the next day. Beyond the limitations of these social spaces, the use of sex has become a temporary solution for many. For them, sex, whether brief or not, is seen as a form of connection with others and a temporary relief from internal pain. However, this form of connection and relief also does not last long for many.
As such, there appears to be a need for a space that speaks to the wellbeing needs of most. A space where they can go, feel they are a part of something, feel better about themselves, and internalize improved ways of living. A space where people can connect, and be themselves, without the harmful effects of alcohol, drugs and negative peer norms. OUT’s Prism Lifestyle Centre has been developed exactly with this in mind and promises to be everything you’ve ever wanted…and more!