Most people have little knowledge and a lot of misinformation about the lives of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender. Homosexuality is often mentioned in the negative form, with stereotypes and prejudice, or it is considered something strange and dangerous. However, as more and more homosexuals are openly talking of their lives, this situation has been transformed. Over time, the negative attitudes will change and people will feel more safe and comfortable around others, regardless of sexual orientation.
What is important to know is that the people of the LGBT community have a normal life, like anyone, gay or straight. They spend their time with work, shopping, free time, like everyone else.
LGBT is the acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Transgender. This acronym is used to identify all minority sexual orientations and different gender identity manifestations of designated sex at birth.
In Second Life you can find many friendly LGBT places, to go out and meet people of this community. They have, islands, beaches, bathrooms, clubs with live DJs, various fun areas to explore and great variety of services dedicated to this community.
Many support groups address the LGBT community in Second Life:
The Transgender Lounge is a nonprofit organization that supports the LGBT community, based on Second Life. The organization holds events that are advertised on the world through the group, on twitter and listed in Google Calendar shared by group members.
The Gay Archipelago is a Second Life association of LGBT. The archipelago is located in an international zone of Second Life which consists of 148 sims that share the traffic. The LGBT community who enters Second Life may find in the region a place of welcome, guidance and help. Over there individuals can live in harmony, shopping, find services, attend parties and get information on destinations targeted to your lifestyle. The Gay Archipelago coordinates activities and events on all the region, and provides an information center for all SL LGBT residents.
You can contact the leadership team in the virtual world or through the website:
Support for Healing is a real world organization sponsoring an online forum for people with mental health problems, depression, life problems, and other similar issues. They have also their own island in Second Life where several groups routinely and regularly meet. Visit the island to pick up a copy of the newsletter and meeting schedule.
For those who are looking for more LGBT places in the virtual world of Second Life, a good tip is to consult the guide of destinations. There you can see a list with a huge variety of options.
Have fun!! independently of you sexual orientation!