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Fall Bootcamp: LGBTQ+ Digital Safety and Online Abuse Defense

Status: Closed

Organisation: PEN America

Deadline: 18/11/2021

Location: Online

Online abuse can threaten livelihoods, damage mental health, lead to self-censorship, and even migrate offline. Members of the LGBTQ+ community are disproportionately targeted. According to a 2021 ADL/YouGov study, 64 per cent of LGBTQ+ people experience online hate and harassment. From hateful slurs and sexual harassment to impersonation, account hacking, and doxing, abusive tactics are intended to intimidate, discredit, and silence. LGBTQ+ writers, journalists, creators, and activists—whose work increasingly requires an online presence—face a double bind.

But there are steps we can all take to protect ourselves and one another from online abuse. Join PEN America, GLAAD, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, and the Trans Journalists Association (TJA) for a free webinar series offering a crash course on digital safety and online abuse defence. Hear from folks on the front line, and exchange strategies for how to stay safe and fight back.

The 3-part webinar series will take place on Wednesday 27 October, Tuesday 9 November, and Thursday 18 November.

Register for the event here.

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