This is a new thread for any users or volunteers who find that while here, in our discussion community, they are feeling left out, dismissed or misunderstood in some way. Scarleteen is a highly inclusive and diverse community, so it's very important to us that as many people as possible feel they can "fit in" here and feel a sense of belonging and community.
So, IF you find you are feeling left out in some way, or like something about you, one of your issues, what have you, has you set apart, this is the place to voice it.
Let's set some ground rules for this thread.
1. This is NOT a place for general complaints about the site (such as "I feel left out because my question wasn't answered as fast as so-and-so's was," or "I feel left out because I don't believe everyone should have a right to their own bodies like the policies state and I should be able to say I don't approve of so-and-so's personal choices or life," but a place to voice YOUR own feelings. Some examples of ways to do this might be things like, "I feel left out here because I don't see anyone else from my country here," or "I feel left out here because I don't know what this word means everyone has been using," or "I feel left out here because I don't see my own gender identity represented by anyone else."
As well, in this thread, the same site rules that apply everywhere else apply here.
2. If you want to voice feeling this way but do NOT want anyone to respond to your feelings, just say so, and it's done. We then ask anyone who wants to respond to respect that.
3. If you DO want to be responded to, by all means, express that as well. If you're looking for someone else who has something in common with you that's leaving you feeling isolated, you can mention that so others can make that connection, or we, as staff or volunteers, can mention other users -- or even other resources -- we might be aware of who share that given something.
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